Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are self-isolating as a coronavirus precaution
despite training today after hugging Billy Gilmour on Friday.
England manager Gareth Southgate‘s plans for Euro 2020 have been rocked by the news
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have to self-isolate.
The Scotland FA announced earlier that Billy Gilmour must quarantine for 10 days after
testing positive for Covid following the draw against England on Friday night.
Gilmour’s Chelsea colleagues Mount, who played the entire 90 minutes of the Wembley
clash, and Chilwell, who was an unused substitute, were photographed standing next
to the Scot after the game.
In a statement released on Monday afternoon, the FA said: ‘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.’
The news does come after all 26 players of Southgate’s England squad trained together
on Monday after each returned negative Covid-19 tests.
Similarly, the 25 remaining players in the Scotland squad were not deemed close contacts
with Gilmour and therefore also all trained together on Monday, after returning negative
Scotland captain Andy Robertson, earlier on Monday, deleted a video of himself playing
table tennis with Gilmour and John McGinn.
Soon after news broke of Gilmour’s positive test on Monday morning, a clip surfaced
from the team hotel where the young midfielder is seen enjoying some ping-pong.
Taken on Robertson’s Instagram story, the video shows Gilmour, along with McGinn,
unwinding with a game in the team hotel.
The video has since been removed from the Liverpool full-back’s Instagram account,
with man-of-the-match from Friday night Gilmour definitely out of the Scots’ do-or-die
encounter against Croatia at Hampden Park tomorrow.
But the latest news is a tough pill for England boss Southgate to swallow as he readies
his side for tomorrow night’s final Group D clash against the Czechs.
Mount has been a key part of Southgate’s team so far, with the Champions League-
winning Chelsea attacking midfielder having started the win against Croatia and the
draw versus Scotland.
Chilwell, however, has not yet featured on the pitch, with Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw
preferred at left-back in the first two games.