Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp has stated that it is not fair for footballers to be singled out for breaching COIVD-19 restrictions while speaking to the press from the England Under-21 camp.
Skipp has enjoyed a fantastic start to his loan spell at Norwich City, being voted the Canaries Player of the Month for September.
The midfielder will be hoping to carry on his good form as the Young Lions face two crucial Euro qualifiers against Andorra and Turkey, although they could only manage a 3-3 draw against the former today.
Skipp’s Tottenham teammate, Japhet Tanganga was also called for the Under-21 squad by Aidy Boothroyd but had to withdraw due to an injury (Evening Standard).
There have been some high-profile cases of some senior England stars failing to adhere to the COVID rules recently, with last month’s incident involving Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, in particular, generating a lot of negative press.
The pair were axed from Gareth Southgate’s England squad after breaking the coronavirus guidelines by inviting outsiders into their hotel rooms (The Sun).
This was followed by Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, and Jadon Sancho being filmed at the former’s birthday party with more than the allowed six people (BBC).
Skipp admitted that footballers need to be a bit careful due to their public profile.
He told The Daily Mail: “Maybe with the incidents that have gone on, perhaps it shows that maybe they need to be a bit more careful.
“You have to represent not only yourself but the whole country. It is hard but I don’t think you should single out footballers because it’s hard for everyone at the moment.
“People are not sure whether they are going back to university, things like that.
“I feel like as footballers, yes, people might get away with things that you might not. But it’s our duty and we’re fully aware of what’s expected of us.”
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