FA in talks over England vs Czech Republic as Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell told to isolate

FA in talks over England vs Czech Republic as Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell told to isolate

The Football Association are in talks with Public Health England after Three Lions pair Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were told to self-isolate after coming into contact with COVID-19 positive Chelsea team-mate Billy Gilmour. 

Scotland midfielder Gilmour returned a positive test on Sunday and will self-isolate for 10 days, ruling him out of their final Group D clash with Croatia. 

Mount and Chilwell both tested negative for the virus today (Monday) but have been told to self-isolate as a precaution. 

All three players were pictured in close contact with each other following England‘s 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley Stadium on Friday. 

Mount and Chilwell will now be kept away from the rest of their England team-mates and will be doubts for the match against Czech Republic.  

An FA statement confirmed that they are in talks with PHE about whether their final Euro 2020 group match can go ahead as planned on Tuesday night.

It read: “As a precaution at this time and in consultation with Public Health England [PHE], Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are isolating after interaction with Scotland player Billy Gilmour at Friday’s match.

“The pair will be kept away from the rest of the England players and wider support team, pending further discussions with PHE.

“The entire squad had lateral flow tests on Monday afternoon and all were again negative, as was the case with Sunday’s UEFA pre-match PCR tests.

“We will continue to follow all Covid-19 protocols and the UEFA testing regime, while remaining in close contact with PHE.”

Mount was due to take part in England’s media commitments this evening but will no longer be present. 

Gareth Southgate has said that both players are a doubt to face Czech Republic. 

“We don’t know at the moment [if they’ll play],” the England head coach said.

“There’s obviously got to be quite a doubt but there’s still discussions and investigations going on behind the scenes. At the moment they’re isolating and we’ll find out over the next 12 hours so.

“In terms of the Covid regulations, I think every team is trying to apply those as vigorously as they can.

“We’ve been living with that in a football sense, internationally, the last 10 months or so. We’re doing all we can on that front.”

Southgate added: “We had worked with the players this morning on the training pitch, then you find out as you finish that this is the situation. I can’t say it isn’t disruptive, of course.

“We don’t really know at this point whether they’ll be OK for tomorrow or whether they’ll be out for 10 days. There’s a lot of unknowns at this moment in time.

“Although we worked on the training pitch we hadn’t confirmed the team. We put some players in and moved them around. We hadn’t confirmed it yet.

“We’ll wait until the morning when we’re really clear on the final situation with the two boys as to where we stand.

I don’t want to cause a drama for Scotland but if you’re all in the dressing room together, where does everything stand? I don’t know is the honest answer to that.

“Medical people are dealing with all of this. I’m being updated as regularly as we can be, every hour or so there’s a little bit more information.

“We have to accept whatever the situation is and adapt to it. That’s the world we’re all living it.”

Published at Mon, 21 Jun 2021 17:06:00 +0000