Mason Greenwood has been filmed inhaling hippy crack before his England antics saw him sent home from Iceland in disgrace.
The Manchester United striker has released a statement urging others not to follow his lead after learning of the health risks associated with laughing gas.
A video captured by a friend, and posted to Snapchat a few weeks ago, shows Greenwood filling a balloon with nitrous oxide before inhaling, according to The Sun.
A source told the paper: "He should know better given he's a top sportsman. He has been a bit silly doing it, and especially allowing it to be videoed.
"A lot of people around Manchester are doing it at parties — quite a lot are Mason's age."
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Responding to the video, Greenwood said in a statement issued through United: "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 judgment on my part.
"I strongly urge others not to follow my example.
"As an 18-year-old I am learning all the time. However this week I've also learned that I will be judged to a higher standard because of my career, and I must respect that in future.
"I am determined to repay the faith shown in me by my manager and coaches."
Greenwood was recently sent home from international duty alongside Manchester City's Phil Foden following England's win over Iceland, in which the pair made their debuts.
The duo broke quarantine protocols by inviting two women back to their hotel room, and were each fined £1,360 by Icelandic police.
Commenting on the incident, former Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov told Mirror Football he hopes it doesn't impact Greenwood's opportunities at Old Trafford.
"I hope his England antics don't hamper his chances [of Man United selection]. We have all been young players and done stupid things," he said.
"He will get some sort of a punishment, he can apologise and learn from those mistakes and hopefully they'll never be repeated again.
"Given the right environment, that is United, the players and manager around him, he is in the right place to become a great player – but only if he remains focused and chases that goal. He needs to stay in the right lane.
"Yes, you are going to have difficulty going forward with your career, you'll have ups and downs, but stay focused. If he can do that he will be OK."
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