Foden back but no Greenwood for England

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Manchester City's Phil Foden has been recalled to England's squad after being sent home from their last trip when he broke coronavirus protocols - but there's no room for Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood.

The young pair made their debuts in September's Nations League Group A2 opener against Iceland in Reykjavik, where they infuriated the Football Association by breaching UEFA's strict bio-bubble rules by meeting girls at the team hotel.

Southgate would have sent the pair home even if they had not broken coronavirus protocols, with the England manager leaving them out of October's matches as punishment.

Foden has since scored three times in six Premier League games and has been recalled by Southgate for the Republic of Ireland friendly at Wembley next Thursday, before England head to Belgium and host Iceland in the Nations League.

Greenwood, however, remains out in the cold with the 19-year-old once again missing the cut.

There seemed to be space for Greenwood as in-form Southampton striker Danny Ings is out injured, but Southgate opted against replacing him with either Greenwood or Newcastle's Callum Wilson.

"They don't come as a pair, they are individual players with their own strengths and individual talents," said Southgate.

"We are looking at the balance of the squad positionally firstly. Phil has had a lot of football with his club most recently and Mason has had less game time with United.

"I have had a good chat with (United manager) Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) about his development and I feel it is better for him to stay at the club at the moment, to develop over the next few months.

"But they are both available, there was no carryover from September, that is done. Both are available for selection and are going to be very good players."

Foden's City teammate Raheem Sterling was given an expected recall having missed the previous month's international break due to a small hamstring injury.

Manchester United's Dean Henderson is the only uncapped player in Southgate's 29-man squad with fellow goalkeeper Jordan Pickford selected despite his ongoing inconsistent form for Everton.

Harry Maguire and Reece James are included after the pair were sent off as England lost 1-0 at home to Denmark last time out.