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England duo Mount and Chilwell to miss match against Czech republic

England’s Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will miss the Euro 2020 match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday as they isolate themselves due to the risk of COVID-19. They will be in isolation till 28 June and consequently could miss England’s football match tonight. However, both gave negative results for Covid-19. The pair’s isolation period will have an impact on the preparations for the knockout stage.

England are guaranteed a place in the eighth final of Euro 2020 following Monday’s results, but will pass as Group D winners with a win over Czech Republic. If England finish second in their group, the final match of the 16th will take place on Monday, 28 June, but if they win the group, they play a day later and so the pair will be eligible.

In third place, England will play on June 27 or 29, depending on the results of the other groups. Midfielder Mount has so far played in every minute of the European Championships in England, while left-back Chilwell has yet to play. Chilwell, Mount, and Billy Gilmour were seen hugging and talking after the final whistle of Friday’s game.

After the pair isolated on Monday as a precaution, England manager Gareth Southgate said separating Mount and Chilwell for 10 days would be a “worst case scenario”. The entire national team had a side flow test on Monday afternoon and all gave negative results.

Public Health England (PHE) worked with the Football Association to confirm the two as close contacts of Billy Gilmour, leading to a 10-day separation. Although Gilmour’s Scottish team-mates have not been identified as close to the squad, there are 25 players available to face Croatia on Tuesday.

“We will continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols and the UEFA testing regime while in close contact with PHE,” the FA said in a statement.

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