Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will miss England’s last group D game against Czech Republic after having close proximity with the covid-diagonosed Scottish Billy Gilmour.
The pair will spend another week in quarantine after coming in close contact with their Chelsea teammate Billy Gilmour in their unpleasant stalemate draw with Scotland on Firiday night.
The 20-year-old Billy Gilmour was ruled out of Scotland’s last group match against Croatia after testing positive for coronavirus and Mount and Chilwell who were seen interacting with Gilmour will as well have to self-isolate in line with the coronavirus regulations which implies that they will not be available for The Three Lions game against Czech Republic tonight.
The incident was confirmed in an official statement from the England’s camp which reads:
“We can confirm that Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount must isolate up to and including next Monday [28 June]. This decision has been taken in consultation with Public Health England.
“The pair were confirmed overnight as close contacts of Scotland’s Billy Gilmour after his positive Covid-19 test following last Friday’s match.
“Chilwell and Mount will isolate and train individually in private areas at England’s training base St George’s Park, with the rest of the squad returning there after tonight’s fixture against Czech Republic at Wembley.
“We will continue to follow all Covid-19 protocols and the UEFA testing regime, while remaining in close contact with PHE.
“The entire England squad and staff had lateral flow tests on Monday and all were again negative, as was the case with Sunday’s UEFA pre-match PCR tests.
“Further tests will be carried out as and when appropriate.”
As it is settled that Mount and Chilwell are ruled out for the game against Czech Republic, the possibility of missing another game is dependent on their final position in Group D. Though the Three Lions are guaranteed qualification to the round-of-16, but their position in the group standing will have effect on when next they will play.
Gareth Southgate side will seat at the summit of the table if they beat Czech Republic, meaning the will face Group F runner-up at Wembley on the 29th of June. Therefore, paving way for Mount and Chilwell to be eligible for action on the 29th, but that is subject to a negative covid-19 test on the 28th June.
However, finishing second in the group connotes that the pair will sit on the sidelines for the second time as England will face Group E winners on June 28.
In the event that England come third in the group, they will be ready for another encounter on the 27th June, meaning that Chilwell and Mount will be excluded from that fixture.