England stars Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham were spotted disregarding COVID-19 regulations as they gathered for a large party to celebrate the latter’s birthday on Saturday.
Current guidelines in the UK state that there can be no meetings of groups of more than six people, particularly in indoor settings.
However, as captured by The Sun, the trio were spotted at a party with around 20 people just days before the England squad were due to meet in preparation for the upcoming meetings with Wales, Belgium and Denmark.
The England FA have seen the footage and have stated that there will be no change to the England squad at the current time, although manager Gareth Southgate is yet to publicly react to the footage of the party.
Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, of Manchester United and City respectively, were both omitted from the current squad for breaching the rules during the squad’s trip to Iceland during the last international window, and it remains to be seen whether Southgate will take a similarly dim view to this incident.
There may not be punishments at international level, but according to Ruhr Nachricten, Sancho could be facing a fine from Borussia Dortmund because of his involvement.
When questioned about the incident, 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.”
When the England squad arrive for England duty, they will all be tested for COVID-19 and will be forced to isolate in a bubble ahead of Thursday’s friendly with Wales.
Southgate will hope to use that friendly as a warm-up for the next two games, which will see England go up against Belgium and Denmark in an attempt to continue their unbeaten start to their UEFA Nations League campaign.