Harry Kane has revealed that he texted Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden after the pair were axed from the England squad after breaking coronavirus guidelines.
Foden and Greenwood received their first England call up for the Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark and both players received their first cap in the Three Lions’ 1-0 win in Reykjavik.
However, it emerged after the game that the Manchester United forward and the Manchester City midfielder had both broke the strict coronavirus guidelines by inviting outsiders to their hotel rooms (The Sun).
As a result, both players were sent home, with Gareth Southgate insisting that they have to earn his trust before being recalled to the squad (Guardian).
Kane admitted that he texted both Foden and Greenwood to let them know that he is there to support them through this difficult time.
Speaking ahead of England’s 0-0 draw against Denmark on Tuesday, the England captain told The Express: “As a senior player it’s something you have to do [speak to them].
“The two lads have made a mistake and have to learn from it. There is a lot of responsibility playing for England and they have to learn from it.
“At the end of the day, the boys have made a big mistake. I’m sure they would take it back if they could but I’m a believer you have to move on and learn from adversity.
“I’ve texted them both and some of the other boys have too. I wanted them to know they are not alone.”
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Southgate was right to respond the way he did to let Foden and Greenwood know that their mistakes have consequences. However, teenagers do make mistakes and hopefully, they learn that they have to be careful due to the public profile and media scrutiny that being an England player brings. Kane is doing his job as captain by letting the pair know that he has their back.
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