England absentees Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell send Czech Republic message to team-mates


England stars Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have said that they will be cheering on their team-mates during their crunch Euro 2020 Group D clash with Czech Republic tonight after being forced to self-isolate.

The pair were deemed to have come into close contact with Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour after England’s goalless draw with their rivals at Wembley Stadium on Friday.

They will now self-isolate and train alone up to and including June 28, in accordance with Public Health England guidance.

Gilmour returned a positive COVID-19 test on Sunday and will isolate from the rest of the Scotland squad for 10 days.

It is believed that the Chelsea trio chatted in the Wembley tunnel for around 25 minutes and the guidance is not a reaction to them being pictured speaking on the pitch just after full-time.

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UEFA’s format for the tournament means that four of the best third-placed teams will enter the last-16, so England could lose their final group match and still go through.

Southgate’s side have so far amassed four points in Group D.

They kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign by beating Croatia at Wembley. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game.

But England faced criticism for their lacklustre performance against the Scots and must improve against Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, Wembley has been granted permission to host more than 60,000 supporters for the semi-finals and final.

The national stadium will see its capacity increased to 75 per cent for matches on July 6, 7 and 11.

The news emerges after suggestions that the final could be moved Italy or Hungary over concerns that UEFA officials would need to follow strict coronavirus procedures, including isolating.

However, it is believed that government and UEFA talks over a deal are at an advanced stage.



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