England Players Mason Mount And Ben Chilwell To Isolate At Euro 2020

LONDON — After coming into touch with a coronavirus-infected opponent at the European Championship, England players Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will have to stay in self-isolation until Monday.

They will miss the last group game on Tuesday, but if England wins Group D by beating the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium, they will be eligible for the round of 16 matches. If England comes in second place, the last-16 match will be played on Monday, preventing Mount and Chilwell from playing.

After Scotland player Billy Gilmour returned a positive test following their encounter at Wembley on Friday, the duo began isolation on Monday. England began talking with health officials to establish the extent of the three Chelsea teammates’ post-match contacts. Mount and Chilwell were close to Gilmour for 10 days when they were isolated until Monday.

The England team stated in a statement on Tuesday that the duo had been verified as close contacts overnight.

None of Gilmour’s Scotland colleagues, with whom he shared a dressing room, transportation, and hotels, have had to isolate as well.

“I don’t want to cause any trouble for Scotland, but where does everything stand if you’re all in the dressing room together?” Gareth Southgate, England’s coach, stated on Monday. “I don’t know,” is the truthful response. All of this is being handled by our medical personnel.”

Mount and Chilwell will be free to practice separately from the rest of the England squad at St. George’s Park, where the rest of the squad is expected to return following their match against the Czech Republic.

On Sunday, all England players returned with negative PCR testing and lateral flow tests.

Mount has established himself as an important part of Southgate’s plans, starting 10 of England’s previous 12 games. Only the Euro 2020 warm-up matches were missed by the 22-year-old midfielder, who rested after Chelsea’s Champions League title triumph.

In the match against Scotland, Chilwell was an unused replacement. At Euro 2020, the left-back is yet to play.

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