Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has claimed Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood deserves the punishments meted out to him for his bad behaviour while on England duty.
Greenwood, and City midfielder Phil Foden were sent home in disgrace in their first ever senior international call-up after being caught bringing two girls into their hotel rooms in Iceland.
Former England boss Hodgson has refused to be sympathetic towards the youngsters despite calls for leniency to be showed towards both players.
He said ahead of the Eagles’ game at Old Trafford on Saturday: “I’m afraid when you make mistakes that are as big a mistake as Mason Greenwood made you should be expected to pay some sort of price for that.
“So I’m not certain sympathy is the right word.
“It is important he learns from the mistake, I’m sure he will, but errors of that magnitude unfortunately are going to be criticised, scrutinised and are going to be punished I guess.
“I’m not prepared to stand here and say sympathy, I’m not even really prepared to talk about age as well.
“The fact is if you are old enough to come in and hold down a regular spot at Manchester United, and you are old enough to get called up and play for England then I’m afraid you’ve got to produce that level of behaviour that is required in those instances.
“I’m just fortunate it didn’t happen on my watch, it was someone else’s problem.”