Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are doubts for England for their Euro 2020 clash with Czech Republic in Group D. They have been under self-isolation following contact with Billy Gilmour who tested positive. They were said to have spent time with the Scotland midfielder in the tunnel as well. The whole England squad returned negative tests during the latest batch of testing.
“We don’t know at the moment,” Southgate said when asked if Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will be fit to play for England. “There’s obviously got to be quite a doubt but there’s still a lot of discussions and investigations going on behind the scenes, so at the moment they’re isolating and we just have to find out over the next 12 hours or so.”
“We had worked with the players this morning on the training pitch, so of course then you find out as you finish that this is the situation, so I can’t say it isn’t disruptive of course,” he added. “We don’t really know at this point whether they might be ok for tomorrow or they could be out for 10 days, so there’s a lot of unknowns frankly at this moment in time.”
England has already secured their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2020. Both Finland and Ukraine have fewer points than England having already played their quota of games. The only cause of worry would be a 10-day isolation period that will rule them out for the Round of 16 games. Southgate also said he was surprised by the lack of isolation required from Scotland.
“I don’t know all of the factors behind that,” he said. “Clearly it’s nothing to do with being on the pitch, so that’s why there’s no issue around teams training for example. I don’t want to cause a drama for Scotland, but if you’re all in the dressing room together, where does everything stand?”