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Southgate explains Greenwood and Foden omissions from new England squad

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Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have been left out of the England squad for the October internationals after being sent home from the last squad for breaking coronavirus rules in Iceland.

Greenwood and Foden both made their senior debuts last month in the Nations League win at Iceland, but were sent home before the squad travelled to Denmark for an ‘unacceptable’ breach of COVID-19 quarantine.

Manchester United striker Greenwood and Manchester City midfielder Foden both issued statements apologising for their actions, with their clubs backing the FA’s decision to send them home.

Now, as England prepare to take on Wales in a friendly before two Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark, neither player is in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad.

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Harry Maguire is recalled having been removed from last month’s squad following his arrest in Greece, while Marcus Rashford is also in the group after withdrawing through injury. Dean Henderson is in the squad again and could be in line to make his debut.

Kyle Walker is in the squad, despite his red card against Iceland, with Raheem Sterling the other City representative.

Explaining the decision to leave Greenwood and Foden out, Southgate said the pair would be in consideration for the next squad in November.

He said: “These lads have suffered now enough … I think they need this period of reflection.”

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