ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate criticised coronavirus rules that left Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell out of the game with the Czech Republic.
The Three Lions are taking the Czechs on at Wembley in their final Euro 2020 group stage match but are without two key players due to COVID-19 restrictions that Southgate described as “full of contradictions”.
England manager Gareth Southgate slammed Euro 2020’s coronavirus rulesCredit: Getty
England duo Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount came in contact with Scotland’s Billy GilmourCredit: The Sun
Mount and Chilwell were ordered to self-isolate for 10 days after being deemed close contacts of Scotland international Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for coronavirus after the two nations’ goalless draw last week.
The England chief said the Chelsea duo are “hugely disappointed” to miss tonight’s big game.
The 50-year-old coach doesn’t understand why he is without two players whereas Scotland manager Steve Clarke has a full squad – bar Gilmour – at his disposal.
Southgate told ITV: “They [Mount and Chilwell] are hugely disappointed to miss the games.
“We just have to get on with it. It is a bizarre situation, they have spent 120 seconds too long in a fairly open space.
“It is full of contradictions for me but we will get on with it.
“Frankly, I don’t understand it at all because there are teams travelling around by planes, coach and by bus in enclosed spaces for hours and our two boys have been pinged. I really don’t get it.
“I’ve no issue for Steve and for Scotland, I don’t want them to have any more issues than we’ve had, it just seems a bizarre situation.”
Southgate is also facing the real prospect of missing Mount and Chilwell from England‘s Last 16 fixture depending on where they finish in Group D.
However, even if the Three Lions top their group and play their knockout tie next Tuesday, the day after the Chelsea pair are due to rejoin the group, they still may lack the necessary fitness.
Southgate added: “Even that is going to be very difficult given the training schedule and the need to isolate.”
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