Gareth Southgate will face more questions over the discipline of England players this week after three of his squad were filmed at a party that allegedly broke Covid-19 rules.
Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell appeared in footage published by The Sun newspaper of a social gathering which appeared to exceed the six-people limit imposed by the Government.
Abraham said: “I arrived home to find a small surprise gathering.
“Though I was totally unaware this was planned, I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for the naivety shown for the organisation and attending of this gathering.
“All I can do now is learn from it, apologise to everyone and ensure it never happens again.”
The Football Association is aware of the pictures of the trio but there has been no change to Southgate’s squad at the moment. It has not commented on the footage and is not planning an update until players meet up at St George’s Park on Monday and are assessed ahead of their triple header.
Southgate has already excluded Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood from his squad to face Wales, Belgium and Denmark at Wembley this month after they were sent home during the last international break for having female guests in the team hotel.
The pair were returned home from Iceland for an “unacceptable” breach of coronavirus quarantine guidelines, according to Southgate.
Players will be tested for coronavirus upon arrival and screening is increased for internationals as Uefa requires players to be cleared on the eve of a game, with the matches against Belgium and Denmark in its Nations League competition.
The three players were reported to be at a surprise party for Abraham’s 23rd birthday on Saturday after Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace, in which Chilwell also played. Pictures of the event showed little social distancing. Southgate is due to speak to the media this week ahead of Thursday’s friendly against Wales and is set to be asked about the conduct of his players.
Harry Maguire was recalled to the England squad having been dropped from the last selection because of his conviction in a Greek court for assault and attempted bribery. Maguire is appealing against the verdict.
“Always you have to work at culture,” Southgate said, on naming the squad.