'I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake' - Mason Greenwood
The Manchester United forward has released a statement.
Mason Greenwood has issued an apology after being sent home from England duty. The 18-year-old was caught trying to sneak Icelandic models into his hotel room alongside Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.
England manager Gareth Southgate said the players broke Covid-19 guidelines, and they were promptly sent home.
"The two boys have broken the Covid guidelines... they will have to travel back to England separately"
🗣️ Gareth Southgate confirms Phil Foden & Mason Greenwood have been sent homepic.twitter.com/sR9AJjpuyj
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) September 7, 2020
Now, Greenwood has issued the following statement:
"Having now had the chance to reflect on what's happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused.
"It was irresponsible of me to break the Covid-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public. In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down, when he had shown great trust in me."
Greenwood said playing for England was a dream come true, and he regrets making this mistake.
"Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake. I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from."
Greenwood's teammate, Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, issued a similar apology yesterday.
— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) September 7, 2020
"I apologise to Gareth Southgate, to my England teammates, to the staff, supporters, and also to my club and my family," Foden stated.
"When I was called up by Gareth for these games, my first reaction was that of immense pride. To pull on that shirt for the senior team in my England debut was an incredible privilege.
"I am a young player with a lot to learn, but I am aware of the huge responsibility I have in representing Manchester City and England at this level."
The players were also subject of a fine amounting to 250,000 Icelandic Krona (£1300) as a result of breaching Iceland's law on Coronavirus restrictions.