Three Lions stars Ben Chilwell, Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho flout Covid rules 36 hours before England duty at party


ENGLAND stars Ben Chilwell, Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho have been filmed attending a packed birthday party ahead of today’s squad meet-up.

The footballers were in a gathering of about 20 friends and family, clearly flouting strict Covid-19 laws.

Birthday boy Tammy Abraham dancing among guests on Saturday

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Birthday boy Tammy Abraham dancing among guests on Saturday
Abraham folds over laughing as Chilwell grins at the camera

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Abraham folds over laughing as Chilwell grins at the camera
Singing Sancho belts out a tune as his face mask hangs around his chin

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Singing Sancho belts out a tune as his face mask hangs around his chin

With all three due to play against Wales on Thursday, it is feared they have put the national team in jeopardy. There seemed to be little social distancing at Saturday’s surprise bash for Abraham’s 23rd birthday. The party at his London mansion came just 36 hours before the trio report for England duty

One reveller said: “It was a great party. We wanted to do something nice for his birthday. But maybe we didn’t think it through.”

Coronavirus laws ban people from mixing in groups of more than six, with fines of up to £10,000. Footage from the party, following Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in which left-back Chilwell scored, circulated on social media. One video shows Chilwell, 23, laughing with team-mate Abraham after spotting him chatting to a blonde.

Striker Abraham is filmed alongside his girlfriend, Leah Monroe, as a group of about 20 sing Happy Birthday. Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho, 20, with a mask around his chin, is seen dancing in a crowd.

Chelsea team-mates Abraham and Chilwell on the pitch

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Chelsea team-mates Abraham and Chilwell on the pitchCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Jadon Sancho plays as a winger for Borussia Dortmund

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Jadon Sancho plays as a winger for Borussia DortmundCredit: Rex Features
The footballers' breach of Covid rules comes as a headache for Gareth Southgate

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The footballers’ breach of Covid rules comes as a headache for Gareth SouthgateCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

The FA examined footage and said there will be no change to the England team at this stage.

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There has been no reaction yet from England boss Gareth Southgate with players due this morning at St George’s Park, Staffs. Stars will be tested for Covid-19 and stay in an isolation bubble before the Wembley friendly.

Southgate left two other young stars, Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood, out of the squad for breaching Covid protocols with two Icelandic beauties last month.

A source close to Abraham said of the party: “He genuinely had no idea it was going to happen. He and Sancho didn’t drink alcohol.

Abraham and Chilwell at the birthday bash

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Abraham and Chilwell at the birthday bash
The party was held at Abraham's plush London mansion 

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The party was held at Abraham’s plush London mansion 
Sancho was among a group of about 20 singing Happy Birthday

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Sancho was among a group of about 20 singing Happy Birthday
Jadon Sancho was also filmed dancing in a crowd

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Jadon Sancho was also filmed dancing in a crowd
A source close to Tammy Abraham said the party was a surprise to him

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A source close to Tammy Abraham said the party was a surprise to him

“It was family and very close friends only — and they even did temperature checks on arrival.”

Abraham said: “I arrived home to find a small surprise gathering.

“Though I was totally unaware this was planned, I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for the naivety shown for the organisation and attending of this gathering.

“All I can do now is learn from it, apologise to everyone and ensure it never happens again.”

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