sport news Mason Greenwood breaks his silence on sneaking girls into England's team hotel ...

Mason Greenwood has issued an apology after being axed from England's squad after sneaking girls into the Three Lions' team hotel while in Iceland.

The striker and Phil Foden, who had both earned their first senior England call-ups, were kicked out of the squad by Gareth Southgate following their misdemeanors.

And Greenwood has now broken his silence after Foden had earlier apologised on Monday. 

Man United's Mason Greenwood has apologised after being axed from the England squad

Man United's Mason Greenwood has apologised after being axed from the England squad

Greenwood spotted in the back of a vehicle after landing in Manchester after being axed

Greenwood spotted in the back of a vehicle after landing in Manchester after being axed

The two Icelandic girls, one of whom is 20-year-old model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir

The two Icelandic girls, one of whom is 20-year-old model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir

In a statement released on United's website, Greenwood said: '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.'

'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, and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.' 

Greenwood - who has deleted his Twitter account following the aftermath of his exile from the England national team - and Foden were at the centre of the scandal after breaching coronavirus protocols during their stay in Iceland with Southgate's squad. 

The FA are currently investigating the pair after they sneaked in two Icelandic girls, one a queen, into their team hotel, breaking both Icelandic law and the FA's social distancing guidelines with people outside their bubble. 

Having just made their England debuts, they were sent home ahead of the Three Lions' Nations League game against Denmark on Tuesday.

The young duo were photographed in the hotel room by the girls who stopped by to visit them

The young duo were photographed in the hotel room by the girls who stopped by to visit them

One of the women was filmed speaking on the phone

Laughing along she appeared to make arrangements

One of the women was videoed while on the phone to Foden and Greenwood, making plans

Icelandic police have now fined the duo 250,000 Icelandic Krona (£1,300) for the rule breach during the coronavirus pandemic, which must be paid by the individuals themselves and not by the FA or their clubs. 

Footage had emerged on social media of the women in question arranging a meet-up with the young England stars.

At the other end of the line, Foden could be heard responding: 'What you coming to the hotel for?', before Greenwood

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