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Gareth Southgate has defended his decision to recall COVID rule-breakers Jadon Sancho and Tammy Abraham.
Both are back in the England camp despite being axed, along with Ben Chilwell, for last week’s Wales clash after attending a party that had more than the six people permitted under coronavirus law.
Chelsea left-back Chilwell is still to rejoin the squad as he is feeling unwell and awaiting the result of another COVID test.
But Southgate denies that allowing Sancho and Abraham to return so soon is a sign of leniency.
The Three Lions supremo said: “It’s a difficult moral maize to make decisions on how you treat all these different incidents we’ve had.
“Where we have been fairly consistent is with the lockdown breaches away from our camp… players have been selected.
“These lads have missed one match already and a chunk of training. Other players have gone into the team and done well, so they’re in a more complicated situation.”
Last month Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were sent home from Iceland after breaking England’s strict coronavirus protocol by inviting two girls back to the team’s hotel.
Neither youngster was picked for the latest squad but Southgate says that incident was far more serious than the one involving Sancho and Co.
He added: “I don’t think it’s comparable to what happened last month. That was a completely different set of circumstances.
“I can’t say I’ve got all of these things right. What is right? But I’m not losing sleep over it.”
- England Football Team
- Gareth Southgate
- Jadon Sancho
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