England pair Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will self isolate and miss tomorrow’s crunch Group D match after coming into contact with Billy Gilmour.
Football Association chiefs tested all 26 members of the squad, coaching and support staff and results all came back negative but UEFA signalled a red alert over Mount and Chilwell.
The FA then spent yesterday afternoon urgently seeking clarification over whether Mount and Chilwell would still be available for Tuesday night’s crunch Group D clash with Czech Republic.
The FA insist it is as a “precaution” but no timescale has yet been set whereas Gilmour must self isolate for ten days after a positive test.
The FA statement 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.”
Mount was due to do the pre-match press conference alongside Gareth Southgate but the FA frantically had to check with UEFA and Public Health England.
Gilmour was ordered to self isolate for ten days but the rest of the Scotland squad was cleared for their final Group match with Croatia.
UEFA rules are different to Premier League coronavirus restrictions and the FA have also been in discussions with Public Health England.
The Public Health England rules state:
Anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:
· face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre