Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are out of England's European Championship clash with the Czech Republic tonight and must remain in isolation until the start of next week.
England's preparations for Tuesday’s final Group D match were thrown into chaos when it emerged that the Chelsea pair had been in contact with Scotland's Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for coronavirus.
Mount and Chilwell will now miss the pool decider at Wembley and could also miss England’s last-16 match, with qualification assured but their place in the group up in the air.
The Football Association said in a statement: "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 test following last Friday’s match."
The statement continued: "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."
Midfielder Mount wrote on Twitter: "I'm absolutely gutted to have to miss tonight’s game. I’ll be cheering on the boys as usual and ensuring that I’m ready to go again when called upon. Come on @England!"
Defender Chilwell posted: "It’s a tough one to take and I’m gutted but I want to wish the boys all the best tonight in the game, I’ll be cheering you all on. I will make sure I am ready for when I can rejoin the squad. Lets go @England!"
Former Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, now technical and performance advisor at Chelsea, questioned the logic behind such a scenario.
Writing on Instagram, Cech said: "Please could someone help me understand how is it possible Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell – both with negative tests – have to isolate after they got in contact with Billy Gilmour.
"While the entire Scottish team who shared the dressing room, hotel, coach and plane while travelling, dinning room, meeting room, is allowed to play the game without any problem because they returned the required negative tests?
"What is the difference between them returning the same test results? It is incomprehensible."
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