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22nd Jun 2021

Why Mount and Chilwell have to self isolate but no Scotland players have to

Kieran Galpin

Mount and Chilwell will miss the Czech Republic game

After talking to Chelsea teammate Gilmour after Sunday’s match against Scotland, England players Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are having to self isolate.

This will mean they miss the game against the Czech Republic, and Gilmour will miss the Scotland vs. Croatia match. A statement from England 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.”

“I can’t say it isn’t disruptive,” said England manager Gareth Southgate. “You would have to say at this moment in time they are a big doubt for tomorrow,” he told BBC Radio 5. 

A spokesperson from Public Health England has said: “PHE is working with the FA to identify close contacts of Billy Gilmour and any risk to other players and staff.” It was then ruled that no one from the Scottish team would have to self isolate.

The guidance from PHE is as follows: someone that could be considered a close contact and might have to self-isolate if they had a face-to-face conversation within one metre, or had been within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes who tested positive for Covid-19.

But because no one on the Scottish team came into close contact, they are free to continue with their match against Croatia.

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