Paul Scholes slams Gareth Southgate for leaving Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden out of the England squad


Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have been left out of the latest England squad (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has slammed Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden out of the upcoming trio of England matches.

Greenwood and Foden have been left out of the fixtures against Wales, Belgium and Denmark as further punishment for breaking Covid-19 regulations while on international duty in Iceland.

The pair invited women into their hotel room and were sent home after the fixture against Iceland and could not play against Denmark in the second match of the trip.

Southgate feels that this was not punishment enough and has left them out for the next three games, but Scholes thinks this is a poor move.

Scholes rates Manchester United’s Greenwood and Manchester City’s Foden as two of the brightest young stars in the global game and England cannot afford to be without the talents they possess.

‘Two of the best young talents in world football did wrong and have already served their punishment, but England are clearly so blessed with creativity and brilliant goal scorers that we might as well leave them out and punish them and the team again,’ Scholes wrote on Instagram sarcastically.

Asked about his decision not to include Foden and Greenwood, Southgate explained: ‘We have to send a message to all our players in our teams at every age level that that sort of thing isn’t how we do things with England.

‘Then we’ve got to rehabilitate these two boys. Young people will make mistakes.

‘I do a lot of work with the Prince’s Trust. They are brilliant at helping youngsters to get people back on their feet when things haven’t gone right.

Southgate intends to bring Foden and Greenwood back into the fold in future (Picture: Getty Images)

‘These lads have suffered enough now. I think they need this period of reflection but that gives them the opportunity to get back on their feet with their clubs, enjoy their football again.

‘I can speak to them after this camp and it will be just be about their form then.’

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