sport news ary Neville defends Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood after Iceland hotel saga

Gary Neville has defended Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden after their hotel saga in Iceland that saw them sent home from the England camp.

The pair, who had been awarded their first England caps in Reykjavík, broke the covid-19 protocols and Icelandic law and they snuck two girls into their hotel rooms after the 1-0 victory in the Nations League. They were caught on as the girls filmed their time with the pair.

They were both fined by the Icelandic authorities and sent packing by manager Gareth Southgate and are under investigation by the FA.

Gary Neville has defended Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden after their hotel saga in Iceland

Gary Neville has defended Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden after their hotel saga in Iceland

Greenwood and Foden (pictured) broke protocols and have been fined after they snuck two girls into their hotel room in Iceland, breaking their covid-19 bubble

Greenwood and Foden (pictured) broke protocols and have been fined after they snuck two girls into their hotel room in Iceland, breaking their covid-19 bubble

The duo were sent home by Gareth Southgate ahead of England's match against Denmark

The duo were sent home by Gareth Southgate ahead of England's match against Denmark

'I mean at this moment in time, I'm sure they will be feeling awful,' Neville told Sky Sports. 

'We have seen both of their apologies, obviously being removed from the squad is something that you never want during your career. But always, whether it be any incident over the last 10 years on TV, you always have to go back into player mode when you are in that dressing room.

'Mistakes you have made in life, that you've seen teammates make. They need love right now. They're young lads, they aren't robots. Anybody at home who has been 18, 19, 20 would have either themselves or seen a friend of theirs do something like that in their life; breaching discipline, let yourself down, have a fight.'

The forward broke his silence after landing back in the UK following his exile from the Three Lions camp. 

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.

Man United's Mason Greenwood broke his silence and apologised on the club's webiste

Man United's Mason Greenwood broke his silence and apologised on the club's webiste

'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.' 

Meanwhile, Foden took to Twitter to an issue an apology.  

He said: 'Following the story which has emerged today regarding my actions in

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