Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood says it was “poor judgement” to inhale nitrous oxide, after “historical pictures” of him doing so were published by the Sun.
It comes after Greenwood and Manchester City’s Phil Foden were sent home from England duty on Monday for breaching coronavirus quarantine guidelines.
“I strongly urge others not to follow my example,” said Greenwood, 18.
Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’.
In a statement, Greenwood said:
“I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice and accept that even trying it, as shown in these historical pictures, was poor judgement on my part.
“As an 18-year-old, I am learning all the time. However, this week I have also learned I will be judged to a higher standard because of my career as a footballer and I must respect that in future.
“I am determined to repay the faith shown in me by my manager and coaches.”