Gary Neville believes Gareth Southgate is the perfect manager to handle the Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood situation after the England debutants saw their maiden senior call-ups curtailed in shame for breaching coronavirus regulations.
Within 48 hours of making their Three Lions debut against Iceland on Saturday, Foden and Greenwood were forced to leave the England camp after social media footage emerged of them having brought girls back to the team hotel in Reykjavik.
Players have been given strict guidelines to ensure Covid-19 safety - and the images - published by Icelandic outlet DV - appears to show Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, disregard those protocols on Sunday.
Gary Neville (left) thinks Gareth Southgate (right) will handle Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood well
Greenwood (left) and Foden were kicked off the England team for breaking quarantine rules
It is an unnecessary and unwanted distraction for Southgate just 24 hours prior to England’s Nations League match against Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday night.
And while Southgate will be disappointed in their actions, Neville feels Southgate may show some empathy towards Foden and Greenwood.
‘I would say Gareth is the one manager that England have had in the last 20 to 30 years who is most capable of making the correct decision around these types of disciplinary issues,’ he told Sportsmail.
Foden and Greenwood invited two Icelandic girls (above) into their biosecure Covid-19 bubble
‘He really has got empathy with the players and also understands that things aren't right sometimes and you have to step in. I'd always trust him on those things.’
It is the second off-the-pitch incident that the England manager has had to deal with during this international break following the omission of centre back Harry Maguire due to his holidaying incident in Mykonos, Greece last month.
And Neville, who was a former England team-mate of Southgate’s as well as assistant manager of the national side during Roy Hodgson’s reign between 2012-16, points to the 50-year-old’s handling of Maguire as another reason as to why he has every faith in the Three Lions boss.
Neville, a former England assistant coach, says Southgate is capable of sorting these issues
‘Gareth has got an immense amount of experience with England with these type of things,’ Neville continued during a TalkTalk media opportunity.
‘He was with me after the dentist chair night and smashing up the Cathay Pacific plane on the way back from Hong Kong [before Euro 96].
‘There were also incidents in '98 with players pre-tournament and Gareth has so much experience how to deal with these types of things.
‘I thought Gareth handled the Harry Maguire situation pretty well. He named him in the England squad and then later that day when Harry had an issue over in Mykonos with the court