sport news Gareth Southgate must be running out of patience with England after Greenwood ...

Managing the England national team can so often be a lose-lose situation. 

In one of the most pressurised jobs in football, nearly every supporter thinks they know who should be picked, who should play where and how someone should be dealt with if they step out of line. 

Discipline has been one of the biggest issues for the Three Lions in recent memory - too much or too little of it has been blamed for some major tournament exits. Now it's emerged as a huge problem for Gareth Southgate after being forced to send home two of his brightest youngsters in Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden.

Gareth Southgate faces a decision on how he handles his squad after a series of debacles

Gareth Southgate faces a decision on how he handles his squad after a series of debacles

He sent Mason Greenwood (left) and Phil Foden (right) home from England duty after the pair broke lockdown protocols by bringing girls back to the team hotel

He sent Mason Greenwood (left) and Phil Foden (right) home from England duty after the pair broke lockdown protocols by bringing girls back to the team hotel

He said both players were 'naive' and would have to accept receiving 'judgment from afar'

He said both players were 'naive' and would have to accept receiving 'judgment from afar'

He was let down by his starlets after they broke strict quarantine rules in the team hotel in Iceland by inviting two girls back, axing them from his squad to face Denmark. Both have apologised for their conduct, but the damage is done. 

Slowly but surely, Southgate is beginning to realise that however well he presents himself and copes with the strain of this role, it's a principle that all of his players must take on board too. 

'This is a job like no other in terms of the things you have to deal with,' he said after the news broke. 

Southgate has one of the most pressurised jobs in football and has had to deal with a number of disciplinary issues

Southgate has one of the most pressurised jobs in football and has had to deal with a number of disciplinary issues 

'In terms of what is expected, the players who have been with us a longer time know exactly what is expected - whenever people have stepped across that line we have dealt with it appropriately. 

'The two boys are going to find themselves in a position where there will be lots of judgment of them from afar. They understand they have got this wrong. Our job is to get on with the game.'

Southgate has always tried to ease back on cracking the whip at St George's Park, but has always been decisive when forced to act. Unfortunately, those moments have happened far more often than he would have liked. 

The squad was rocked by Raheem Sterling's and Joe Gomez's bust-up in the canteen last year

The squad was rocked by Raheem Sterling's and Joe Gomez's bust-up in the canteen last year 

Last November Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez brought their club rivalry with them to England duty after a scrap during Liverpool's 3-1 win over Manchester City, with the winger grabbing the defender by the neck in the canteen.

The City star was swiftly dropped from the squad to face Montenegro, and he issued a full apology to the team and Gomez for his behaviour.

'No journey of a team is ever going to be smooth and seamless,' Southgate said when reflecting on his 2019 with England. 

'I think those moments of difficulty are really where you find out about people and really you then have a chance as a group to react in one way or another.

'You can either fold and things can fall apart a bit, or you can react in the right way.'

Swept under the rug, but not the last thing he has had to deal with. 

He sympathised with Kyle Walker after the right back broke lockdown rules to host a sex party

He sympathised with Kyle Walker after the right back broke lockdown rules to host a sex party 

It's becoming clear that representing England is so much more than just being a role model on the pitch. In the last few months he has faced questions over Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker, who both broke lockdown restrictions, with the latter coming under fire for hosting a sex party.

The Manchester City defender claimed he had a heart-to-heart with Southgate, who told him 'we all make mistakes', but accepting responsibility

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