England manager Gareth Southgate admits there is a line his players cannot cross after Jack Grealish’s treble celebration.
The manager stopped criticizing the striker after his party made headlines.
Grealish joined his Manchester City teammates for a night in Ibiza – following Saturday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Inter Milan, helping them win the treble – before their return last Monday title parade.
The 27-year-old Phil Foden, Kalvin Phillips, John Stones and Kyle Walker linked up with the England squad on Tuesday ahead of Friday’s Euro 2024 qualifier in Malta.
They will not start and Southgate insists not to celebrate too much.
He said: “There is a line but in our head we are not thinking of bringing the Man City players into this game.
“I talked to the players. We talked about where to focus, where we need them to be and acknowledge what they’ve been through and that’s for me to manage.
“Some of our players will be teething. What’s different is that everyone posts everything. I wouldn’t like a few of my nights out being posted publicly. My generation will have more problems.
“We know, talking to Hendo (Jordan Henderson), Harry Kane, Tripps (Kieran Trippier) what that game takes away from you.
“It was a big occasion and we needed to give those people time to take things in but, first of all, they all wanted to be on the team, which was amazing.
“I don’t think they will feel anything unusual about the way we’ve dealt with this and the way we’ve brought the players back into the group.
“We also have the move that while they are very excited and we are proud of them, some people are quite disappointed because they won it at their own cost. You are always really aware of that.”