Sessegnon leaves England Under-21 squad to return to Hoffenheim

Ryan Sessegnon has withdrawn from England Under-21s’ squad after being recalled by Hoffenheim over coronavirus fears.

The Bundesliga side want their players to quarantine, in line with a request from the German authorities, due to a number of Covid-19 cases at the club.

Sessegnon, on loan from Tottenham, tested negative while at St George’s Park on Tuesday.

He will now miss the Young Lions’ final two Euro 2021 qualifiers against Andorra and Albania at Molineux.

A Football Association statement read: “Following a request from Hoffenheim, England MU21 forward Ryan Sessegnon has returned to his club to begin a period of quarantine.

“Due to a number of positive cases involving Hoffenheim players, German authorities have requested all players at the club to quarantine.



“Sessegnon returned a negative Covid test yesterday (Tuesday 10 November) with The FA and UEFA’s protocol being followed rigorously at St George’s Park.”

Sessegnon victim of abuse

Earlier this month Sessegnon revealed he was the latest footballer to be the target of racist abuse online.

The 20-year-old late on Monday night shared a screengrab of an abusive message he had been sent on social media and said he was “not even surprised any more”.

He wrote on an Instagram story: “Honestly unbelievable. The craziest thing is I’m not even surprised any more. Disgusting.”

Spurs showed support to their player on Tuesday morning, posting on Twitter: “Everyone at the club is with you @RyanSessegnon.

“We are proud of the rich ethnic diversity that exists across our communities, fans, staff and players.

“We are driven by inclusion and equality for all and nobody should have to endure such repulsive abuse.”