Phil Foden accepts his behaviour did not meet the expectations required of him as an England player as he apologised for breaching coronavirus protocol rules.

The Manchester City attacking midfielder made his debut in England's 1-0 Nations League win over Iceland on Saturday but was dropped alongside Manchester United star Mason Greenwood for Tuesday's clash in Denmark after breaking rules put in place to ensure player safety.

The pair have had to remain behind in Reykjavik after an Icelandic website published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules prohibit such meetings and England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed Foden and Greenwood were unable to train on Monday as a result and would not feature against Denmark.

Foden has made his first public statement since the incident was brought to light and vowed to learn from his error.

"Following the story which has emerged today regarding my actions in Iceland, I want to make a full apology," Foden posted on Twitter.

"I apologise to Gareth Southgate, to my England team-mates, to the staff, supporters and also to my club and my family.

"When I was called up by Gareth for these games, my first reaction was that of immense pride. To pull on that shirt for the senior team in my England debut was an incredible privilege.

"I am a young player with a lot to learn, but I am aware of the huge responsibility I have in representing Manchester City and England at this level.

"On this occasion I made a poor decision and my behaviour didn't meet the standards expected of me.

"I breached COVID-19 protocols put in place to protect myself and my England colleagues. As a consequence I will now miss the opportunity to travel to Denmark with the squad, and that hurts.

"I will learn a valuable lesson from this error in judgment and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week."

Both City and United released statements condemning the actions of their players, while the Football Association said it will fully investigate.

Southgate described their actions as "naive" but was non-committal about how the incident will impact on their involvement with England moving forward.

"I think [to make a call on] those things, it's too early until I have all the information. I don't think I should be making those comments," Southgate told the media on Monday.

"I'm a father to young adults. I know young people get things wrong, we're not excusing that. We've got to assess everything else moving forward."

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood will be investigated by the Football Association (FA) after the England duo breached coronavirus protocol while on international duty in Iceland.

Manchester City midfielder Foden, 20, and Manchester United striker Greenwood, 18, have been dropped for the Three Lions' Nations League encounter with Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

The pair have had to remain behind in Reykjavik - where they made their senior England debuts in Saturday's 1-0 win - after an Icelandic website published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules prohibit such meetings and England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed Foden and Greenwood were unable to train on Monday as a result and would not feature against Denmark.

Southgate met the press shortly after the story first emerged and the FA has now published a statement promising to look further into the matter.

"Whilst in Iceland, both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood spent time outside of our private team area, which was a breach of our COVID-19 rules," an FA spokesperson said.

"While they did not leave the team hotel, it was an unacceptable breach of our protocol. They have both apologised for their serious lack of judgement.

"The FA will be launching a full investigation into the circumstances leading up to this breach. We have spoken to the Football Association of Iceland to offer our apologies for this incident and to assure them that we are taking the appropriate steps.

"We have also assured the Danish Football Union that all other players and staff members have been isolated within our group throughout this period.

"Our immediate priority now is preparing the team for the match against Denmark tomorrow."

Both City and United released statements expressing their disappointment at the actions of their players, while Southgate said he expected to speak with Foden and Greenwood after his news conference.

"Obviously they have been naive," Southgate said. "We've dealt with it appropriately.

"I recognise their age but of course the whole word is dealing with this pandemic and there's responsibility on every age group to make sure that they play their part in keeping each other safe and not spreading the virus.

"We're certainly not underestimating how important it's been to try and keep that bubble as we have."

Manchester United and Manchester City have expressed their disappointment in Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden respectively after the duo were dropped from England's squad for breaching coronavirus isolation rules.

The youngsters appeared to be shown in a video posted on Snapchat by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with in Reykjavik, shortly after making their respective debuts in the 1-0 Nations League victory over Iceland on Saturday.

Such meetings are forbidden as part of Iceland's self-isolation rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with England granted special exemptions for the match in Reykjavik. 

Icelandic media suggested England players had been exempt from a five-day quarantine but were subject to mandatory coronavirus tests at the border and were not allowed to meet with anyone outside of the squad or travelling contingent.

Manager Gareth Southgate later confirmed the pair will return to England separately and not take part in Tuesday's contest against Denmark in Copenhagen.

A statement from Manchester United read: "Manchester United are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation."

Stats Perform News understands the club believe Greenwood will not have to quarantine upon his return as the United Kingdom has no travel restrictions with Iceland, although a decision on when he can resume training is expected to be made in due course.

Manchester City added on Foden: "It is clear that Phil's actions were totally inappropriate. 

"His behaviour not only directly contravenes strict guidelines related to COVID-19, but also falls well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international.

"The club supports the FA regarding this incident, and officials from the club are now in touch in relation to Phil's enforced early return to the UK.

"We have no further comment to make on this matter."

Southgate addressed the media on Monday and was keen to stress nobody from outside England's bubble had entered the area of the facilities that the team have been using, and that no one else within the party had come into contact with Greenwood or Foden.

When asked whether the breach would impact the duo's involvement with England moving forward, Southgate said: "I think [to make a call on] those things, it's too early until I have all the information. I don't think I should be making those comments.

"I'm a father to young adults. I know young people get things wrong, we're not excusing that. We've got to assess everything else moving forward."

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been dropped by England and face disciplinary action after breaching coronavirus isolation rules following Saturday's win over Iceland, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

The youngsters, who made their England debuts in the 1-0 Nations League victory, appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic meant such a meeting was forbidden, with England granted special exemptions only for the match in Reykjavik.

According to Icelandic media, England players were subject to mandatory coronavirus tests at the border and, although they had been exempt from a five-day quarantine, they were not allowed to meet with anyone outside of the squad.

Southgate confirmed the players would be sent home, ruling them out of Tuesday's match with Denmark.

"Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that the two boys have broken the COVID guidelines in terms of our secure bubble – we had to decide they couldn't have interaction with the rest of the team," he said. 

"They'll have to travel back to England separately."

The two players were accused of having people in their hotel rooms, though Southgate is adamant no one from outside of England's bubble entered the parts of the facility that squad use.

"Nothing has happened in the areas that we occupy in the hotel," he said.

"We're still getting to the depths of all the information as this was only brought to my attention a couple of hours before training and we've had to train. We are still getting to grips with some of the details.

"What is clear is there was a breach of the COVID guidelines. We spent a long time getting those measures in place. The whole squad have followed that to the letter.

"We've had four tests since we've been together. In that respect, we had no alternative but to do what we're doing."

England captain Harry Kane dubbed Mason Greenwood "a really complete goal-scorer" after the Manchester United winger impressed at his first training camp with the Three Lions.

Greenwood received his first call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad after finishing the 2019-20 season with a tally of 10 goals in 31 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils.

The Bradford-born teenager also netted five times in the Europa League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men and is regarded as one of the best attacking players to have emerged at Old Trafford since Marcus Rashford.

Speaking ahead of England's Nations League opener against Iceland, Kane told reporters: "Mason has been great since the first training session we had.

"You can tell he is full of confidence as a player, he is not afraid to shoot, not afraid to take players on and that is exactly what we want.

"People use the phrase: 'He is a natural goalscorer,' and I guess it is just one of those things, you work a lot on being in the right place at the right time.

"Some of it is just instinct, balls dropping to you in the box and being able to finish it but I guess, looking at him in the short time we have spent together, it is all different kinds of finishing – left foot, right foot, inside of the foot, powerful shots.

"I think that shows a really complete goal-scorer when you can score in any situation. Obviously it has only been a short period of time but he definitely looks like a real top finisher and we look forward to having him in the squads to come because he is still very young."

Greenwood is in contention to make his full England debut as Southgate's men take on Iceland for the first time since the Scandinavian minnows knocked them out of Eurp 2016.

Kane reflected on what that evening in Nice taught him, saying: "It is definitely one of the toughest nights I’ve had in an England shirt.

But it is a game I have definitely learnt from. Obviously that was my first international tournament.

"I was still inexperienced at that level and even club-level really. All throughout the journey in my career I have always tried to take nights like that as a chance to learn and improve.

"I think I have definitely done that as a person, I think the team has definitely improved over the last four years, so of course those games are always in your mind and you always think about what you can do better.

"But we have moved on well, we are in a great place as a squad, an exciting team and I think we are all just really excited to be back playing for England."

Mason Greenwood will wear the number 11 shirt for Manchester United this season, but seven remains vacant.

United announced on Friday new numbers for academy graduates Greenwood and Brandon Williams ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

Greenwood, who could make his England debut against Iceland on Saturday, has left his number 26 shirt for the 11 jersey famously worn by United great Ryan Giggs.

Meanwhile, left-back Williams has traded 53 for 33.

But amid repeated links to Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho in recent months, United still have no number seven, the shirt left vacant since Alexis Sanchez's departure in January.

George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have all previously turned out in the iconic number for United.

The club had already confirmed Donny van de Beek - their only new signing to date - will wear 34 in a nod to former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who was left with permanent brain damage after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia attack during a pre-season match in 2017.

Phil Foden heaped praise on Jadon Sancho for the way the England star embraced the pressure of first-team football at such a young age with Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho left Manchester City for the Bundesliga in 2017, making his debut for Dortmund at the age of 17 following a move prompted in part by fears over a lack of opportunities at the Etihad Stadium.

Foden himself may have harboured similar worries and there has often been talk of a loan switch for the midfielder, but he is steadily asserting himself under Pep Guardiola, who has always talked of the youngster in glowing terms.

Although Foden appears firmly in his manager's plans, he was impressed by Sancho's bold decision to move overseas, with the pair now reunited in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

"I definitely watched Jadon when he went to Dortmund," said the 20-year-old, who will hope to make his senior international bow against Iceland or Denmark in the Nations League.

"There's not many young players that could've played at that level. I was very impressed.

"It seems every year younger players are playing more big games. It's good to see young players getting debuts.

"It just shows the academies have got great coaches, teaching them the right things and they're getting opportunities in the first team."

Foden underlined some of the challenges he has faced in his development, with his diminutive stature creating some difficulties, although he will have seen first-hand how the likes of David Silva and Bernardo Silva make light of that supposed disadvantage.

"When I was a younger age at the academy, I was a lot smaller," he explained. "I had to use my brain more.

"Eventually I started growing, made the step up to the first team. I had to adapt quickly. I've definitely tried to get in the gym much more now, get bigger, stronger. Adapting to the physical side was the most challenging thing.

"As I trained, I started to get better, moving the ball quicker, learning quicker.

"I'm still young. If I feel as though a player is reading me, I feel as though I'm very good at adapting my game style.

"It's nothing that I'll fear. I'll look forward to the challenge."

Phil Foden is grateful for Pep Guardiola's patient approach with him at Manchester City as he prepares to potentially make his senior England bow.

Foden, 20, has been highly rated in both the England and City setups for years, but particularly since 2017 when he was awarded the Golden Ball at the Under-17 World Cup, which the Three Lions won.

He was given his City debut the same year and has steadily seen more first-team football, playing 10 games across all competitions in 2017-18, 26 the following campaign and then 38 in 2019-20.

The majority of those appearances have been as a substitute and Guardiola has, on occasion, fielded criticism for perhaps seeming cautious about playing Foden, particularly after seeing Jadon Sancho leave for Borussia Dortmund due to fears over a lack of first-team opportunities.

But the coming season looks set to see Foden take another step forward in his development as he tries to fill the void left by David Silva, and while some fans might have wanted him to break into the starting XI regularly a bit sooner, the midfielder believes Guardiola has got it right.

"I played in some massive games this year," Foden told reporters after earning his maiden call-up to Gareth Southgate's senior England team.

"I've played cup finals and big Champions League games. They're the games everyone wants to play in.

"Sometimes it's difficult for a young player in these games. [Guardiola's] been patient with me and played me at the right times, and now I'm learning a lot and I feel ready to go.

"I'm only 20 years old. A lot of people have been pushing it [an England call-up]. I haven't played a lot of games at Manchester City but recently been playing more and doing well, so I had to work hard for the opportunity.

"He [Guardiola] just wants to see a good attitude and see you training well. I go to train every day at 100 per cent and that's where you can't go wrong really – come off the field knowing you've given everything to get in the team.

"That's what I try and do. If I get in the team, I know I've earned it. That's how I work and I think that's what he likes about me."

His call-up could result in Foden playing alongside his former youth team colleague Sancho, a sight many City fans will rue not being able to enjoy on a regular basis at club level.

With Foden, Sancho and Mason Greenwood, who is also in the squad for the first time, England have three of world football's most promising youngsters at their disposal, and the City midfielder is relishing being alongside them.

"I first spoke to Mason in the Under-21s when he first came, so we've been close friends ever since," he continued.

"I'm very happy for him to get the call-up, it shows Gareth isn't scared to throw him in, and he's only 18.

"Everyone's got so much quality and it would be nice to play with Jadon again as I used to play with him in the youth teams, so it'll be nice to play with him again."

Foden made it clear that he sees Silva's City departure as an opportunity, yet he respectfully reflected on the club icon's talents and feels a better player for working with him.

"I'm hoping so," he said when asked if he could be the one to fill Silva's boots. "But there's a lot of midfielders and a lot of quality.

"[Guardiola's] not just going to give me that position. Everyone needs to play and train well. It depends on me, really. If I'm playing well enough I'll get the shirt, so it's down to me."

On what made Silva so special, Foden added: "It's what he sees, he sees the game so differently to other players.

"How he moves into space in tight areas, how he receives the ball and never loses it. All these things. I've learned so much from him."

England face Iceland and Denmark in their upcoming Nations League games on Saturday and Tuesday.

Mason Greenwood is eyeing records as the Manchester United sensation prepares for a possible international debut with England.

Greenwood is in line to make his England bow after being called up by Gareth Southgate for the first time for Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.

The 18-year-old's inclusion comes after a stunning season at Old Trafford, where he scored 17 goals across all competitions for United in 2019-20.

And Greenwood is dreaming big as England prepare for Saturday's clash away to Iceland.

"Obviously any young football player would want to break records," Greenwood said. "And if you didn't, there's something wrong.

"It's always nice to have visions and goals you set in your football career and that goes for virtually any England forward.

"Just go out there and do your best and break records and just be remembered forever, really."

"The games have come so quick and you have to be focused 100 per cent at all times," he said. "My whole family was excited for me and it's a dream come true.

"It's happened quick. You can be called on at any time and I got called in for some Europa League games early in the season and took my chances and took every game as it came and just played my football."

Greenwood also thanked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his trust, especially after the United manager turned to the teenager as the Red Devils completed a stunning comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the 2018-19 Champions League.

"I took a lot of belief from that, a lot of confidence to say that the manager has got the confidence in me to put me on in that state of the game," Greenwood added.

"I'm just glad he did because it's helped my career and things are more calm now. I am used to it now because the pressure was high in that game. Not many people can say they made their debut in such a special game.

"Ole says to all the young players coming up: 'Go out there with a smile on your face. You're playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, just take it on the chin, go out there and express yourself. Think about it as a normal game because you've been waiting for that moment all your life so just go out and enjoy it'."

Mason Greenwood expects England's players to take a knee ahead of their Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark and hopes Premier League clubs will continue the protest against racial injustice and police brutality next season.

Wednesday marks 100 days since George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis – an event that sparked worldwide action and widespread support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Such matters have remained in the spotlight, especially in the aftermath of police in Wisconsin shooting Jacob Blake in the back seven times in an incident last month.

NBA and Major League Soccer teams went on strike in response and, speaking ahead of his prospective England debut, Greenwood said Gareth Southgate's players were likely to make the symbolic gesture of taking a knee over the coming week – something that was a mainstay of Premier League games following the coronavirus hiatus.

"It's changed massively, we've got the [Black Lives Matter] logo on the side or our shirts and we go on one knee before the game," the 18-year-old said, reflecting on the changing landscape since Floyd's death.

"As the Premier League we're just trying to send message to the whole world that it's important for everyone to know the reasons why.

"We don't want racism in football or anywhere, so it's good that the Premier League has tried to put a message out there.

"More than likely we’ll be doing that [in the Nations League games], it's a big thing in football and everyone notices it.

"A lot of people watch football and it sends a good message out there for everyone. For my part I'd like to see it next season as well."

The 2020-21 season will be Greenwood's first as an established first-team fixture at Old Trafford, following a stunning breakthrough campaign last time in which he scored 17 goals in all competitions.

His stunning two-footed finishing led to an England call-up, but he knows there will be tougher times ahead as the weight of expectation increases.

It is a phenomenon club team-mate Marcus Rashford has experienced and he had some words of wisdom for the youngster.

"He just said always go out with a smile on your face and don't really think about anything," Greenwood explained.

"You're playing for Man United. Not many people do that, so just go out there and work hard."

He added: "I'm fine to deal with [the expectation]. The pathway at United, you basically learn that when you come up through the youth system," he explained.

"I'm just happy for next season to come around."

Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood would relish having Lionel Messi in the Premier League – even if that means facing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner in Manchester City colours.

City are viewed as the frontrunners for Messi's signature after the player handed in a transfer request at Barcelona last week, although the huge finances required to secure his services represent significant obstacles to overcome.

Greenwood, who is in line for his first senior England action in the forthcoming Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark, is excited by the prospect, even if it would be so beneficial to United's crosstown rivals.

"Obviously it'd be amazing to come up against him. All young footballers know about Messi," the 18-year-old told a video news conference from England's St George's Park base.

"To be on the same pitch playing against him would be another dream come true - not just for me, for everyone.

"Having someone that high profile coming to the Premier League would be a big thing."

United are thought to be on the brink of their own transfer coup, bringing in Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek for a fee in the region of £40million.

"I've seen some stuff," Greenwood said. "He does look like a good, promising player."

Greenwood's club captain Harry Maguire is absent from England duty after he was arrested while on holiday in Greece and convicted of aggravated assault, before securing a retrial after the verdict was quashed.

"It's really not for me to say, but Harry's a good lad and I'm looking forward to seeing him back at the club after this international break." he said.

In the meantime, Greenwood will vie for a place in Gareth Southgate's forward line and he is unfazed by competing with the likes of skipper Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and prospective United target Jadon Sancho.

"I feel ready to compete with anyone," he added. "Like in the league, just going out there with a smile on your face and playing football is what it's all about.

"It's good that everyone is pushing for places. It makes the training and the games better.

"I'm looking forward to playing with Harry Kane. When I was in the youth team I was watching him in the Premier League. He is one of my team-mates and a role model as well."

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood's superb post-lockdown performances sealed their places in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

The Manchester City and Manchester United youngsters were handed their first senior call-ups, along with Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, when Southgate confirmed a 24-man party for next month's Nations League trips to Iceland and Denmark.

Five of Foden's six career Premier League goals came in the period immediately after the coronavirus-enforced hiatus, as the 20-year-old became an increasingly influential performer for Pep Guardiola's side.

Meanwhile, no teenager has ever scored more goals in a single season for United as Greenwood did across all competitions in 2019-20 – his 17 matching the exploits of club greats George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney.

"They've both been very impressive with our junior teams and they were excellent in the period immediately post-lockdown for their clubs," Southgate said.

"Both played big matches, important matches at big clubs and had a big impact.

"They have the potential to be England internationals for a long time to come.

"As always, that is up to them and their mentality and the way they play. But we have belief in them and we're really looking forward to working with them.

"If you're within football, you've known about these two boys for a long time."

Foden had to bide his time for regular action in a talent-stacked City squad, having made his debut from the bench as a 17-year-old in the Champions League against Feyenoord in November 2017.

"Phil, we've watched for a long time," Southgate said. "We felt at times last year that it was better for him to get football with our Under-21s.

"There were moments when he wasn't getting regular game time and we felt [playing for England U21s] was a good part of his development.

"But we've known that he was likely to be a player that would be involved with the England senior team and we feel that now is a good moment to do that."

Southgate conceded there had been an element of fast-tracking for the 18-year-old Greenwood, due to him making an irrefutable case through sheer weight of goals.

"If you'd said to me three or four months ago, we'd have probably been saying we know there's a high-quality player having a very good season, but maybe it's a bit too early to put him up to the senior team," he said

"But the reality is that his performances and his goalscoring have been so good that he's earned the right.

Southgate added: "They give us competition for places in the squad, they give us a high level of player and they can now go and grab that opportunity."

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has seen off competition from a trio of Manchester United players to be crowned the Premier League's Young Player of the Season.

The 21-year-old scored four goals and set up 13 more in a brilliant 2019-20 campaign that saw Liverpool end their 30-year wait for top-flight success.

Alexander-Arnold also helped the champions keep 12 clean sheets and saw off competition from United's Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for the award.

Chelsea pair Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount were also nominated for the inaugural prize, as was Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson.

The award is for players who were aged 23 or under at the start of the 2019-20 season and is voted for by fans. 

Alexander-Arnold is also in contention to win the Premier League Player of the Season accolade, along with team-mates Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane, as well as Kevin De Bruyne, Jamie Vardy, Nick Pope and Danny Ings.

Bruno Fernandes believes winning the Europa League will stand Manchester United in good stead to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Fernandes scored from the penalty spot in extra time as United edged past Copenhagen 1-0 earlier this week to set up a Europa League semi-final with Sevilla on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United have already fallen at the semi-final stage in the EFL Cup and FA Cup this season, but January signing Fernandes is keen to put that right following his side's third-placed finish in the Premier League.

"I think it's so important to win because every player needs to understand how it is to win a trophy for Manchester United," Fernandes is quoted as saying by several British newspapers.

"For the coach, it will be important and for the players because I think we've done very well until now.

"I think if we finish with a trophy, it will not be perfect, but it will be a good year for us because Manchester United needs to come back again to win some trophies and fight for the European competitions and also the league. Finishing well now is a good start for next season."

United's last major honour was the 2017 Europa League and Fernandes is hopeful that two more victories in this season's tournament in Germany will be the catalyst for further success for Solskjaer's young squad.

"I think we need to keep progressing and we need to start the league with the mentality to win," he said. "We know we play for a big club with big aspirations, also the players, we have big aspirations and we need to win some trophies.

"Of course, the Premier League is one of the trophies we want to win and I think to win the Europa League would be good for the mentality of winning trophies and fighting with the top clubs.

"For next season, if we can win this, it will be important."

Mason Greenwood has been one of the standout stars of the season for United, contributing to 17 goals in all competitions – five of those coming in the Europa League.

And Fernandes, who has been a major success since arriving at Old Trafford from Sporting CP in January, can only see the teenage forward getting better over time.

"I think Mason has done a great season, of course," he said. "Mason is young and he has great numbers this season.

"The age is just a number and you see Mason has done very well.

"He can do much more because of the qualities he has and he still has to grow up physically. He did fantastically this season and he will get better.

"He needs to play more and get more confidence from his team-mates and the staff and I think he will get much better because he has that quality."

England manager Gareth Southgate is reportedly keen on blunting bold recruitment ambitions of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), who have targeted a number of English players that qualify to play for the Caribbean nation.

According to recent reports, the JFF, through agent Devon Porter, has sought to make contact with a number of players that could qualify to represent the nation in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, by virtue of having Jamaican parents or grandparents. 

The list is said to include newly promoted Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, Everton's Mason Holgate, Manchester United's Mason Greenwood, and Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who were all born to Jamaican parents.

The England manager has requested a meeting with the four players for Friday afternoon.  Southgate is expected to assure them of the possibility of playing for their birth country.  The England national football program has been guilty in the past of giving fringe players one of two caps, in order to end the pursuit of other potential nations, and never recalling those players again. 

Across England’s top four leagues there are said to be an estimated 124 players of Jamaican ancestry.  English-based Jamaican players played a crucial role in the country securing its only appearance at the FIFA World Cup in 1998.  The Jamaica team has already qualified for the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.  

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