Mason Greenwood has apologised for behaviour on international duty | Haflidi Breidfjord/Getty Images
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has apologised for the behaviour that saw him leave the England camp, following a breach of COVID-19 protocol, and has vowed to learn from his mistake.
18-year-old Greenwood was called up to the senior Three Lions squad off the back of a 17-goal season for United and made his debut during the UEFA Nations League win over Iceland.
However, both he and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden naively broke the rules when they spent time outside of the private area of the team hotel, allegedly with two local women.
That ‘unacceptable breach’ had the potential to jeopardise the COVID-secure squad bubble and both Greenwood and Foden were sent home ahead of the upcoming fixture against Denmark.
“Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused,” Greenwood said in a statement published by ManUtd.com.
“It was irresponsible of me to break the COVID-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public,” he added.
Greenwood was called up after scoring 17 goals for Man Utd | Pool/Getty Images
“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, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.”
Greenwood will hope to quickly to put the error of judgement behind him ahead of an important season at club level. The teenager has been handed United’s number 11 shirt for the forthcoming campaign, a jersey made famous by Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs.
Anthony Martial and Adnan Januzaj are the only other players to have worn 11 for United in the Premier League era and neither has lived up to the expectation the digits carry.
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