The FA ask if Mount and Chilwell can do socially-distanced training

REVEALED: The FA are seeking permission from Public Health England to allow Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell to take part in socially-distanced training ahead of Germany tie after they had to self-isolate following close contact with Billy Gilmour

  • Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell missed England’s win over the Czech Republic
  • The pair had to self-isolate after coming into close contact with Billy Gilmour
  • FA asked Public Health England if they can take part in socially-distance training
  • Gareth Southgate has not written off the chances of either of them playing
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

The FA are seeking permission from Public Health England for Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell to take part in socially-distanced training with their team-mates over the next few days in the hope they can play some part in the last-16 tie next Tuesday.

Gareth Southgate has not written off the chances of either player being used in England’s first knockout game at Wembley, despite the fact they have to self-isolate until Monday following their close contact with Billy Gilmour last Friday.

But the extent of their involvement in the match is likely to be determined by how effectively they can train over the next week.

The FA will ask if Ben Chilwell (left) and Mason Mount (right) can take part in socially-distance training ahead of England’s Euro 2020 last-16 match

The FA are hopeful that, if the Chelsea pair continue to record daily negatve tests, they will be gradually allowed back into group training.

Public Health England told the FA initially that Mount and Chilwell would have to train on their own at St George’s Park until Monday when confirming the pair had to isolate on Tuesday morning, but Southgate has asked officials for clarification.

The FA are understood to have pointed Public Health England to the precedent of socially-distanced training set by the Premier League clubs ahead of Project Restart last summer, when players were initially only permitted to work in groups of five before resuming contact training after a fortnight.

Southgate remains hopeful that Mount and Chilwell can take some part in meaningful training exercises over the next week. 

The two stars had to self-isolate after coming into ‘close contact’ with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who has tested positive for Covid-19

Under phase one of the Premier League’s returning to training protocols last summer, players were banned from tackling and restricted to small groups, but Southgate would still regard that as preferable to Mount and Chilwell being forced to work entirely on their own, which would, in effect, limit them to fitness training.

While the ban on contact would prevent them being involved in the team shape drills and probably preclude them from starting next week, Southgate wants Mount, in particular, to be an option from the bench and is therefore eager to see as much of him as possible this week, albeit in a socially-distanced manner.

The Chelsea midfielder was on the pitch for 90 minutes of England’s opening two matches against Croatia and Scotland, and would have started against Czech Republic until Southgate was told he was unavailable, which presented an opportunity to Jack Grealish. 

Gareth Southgate hasn’t written off chances of either of them playing last-16 tie at Wembley

The FA remain flabbergasted that Mount and Chilwell have been forced to isolate for 10 days due to having a short chat with their Chelsea team-mate in the Wembley tunnel last Friday, when none of the Scotland players were told to isolate despite sharing a dressing room, the team coach and dining areas in the hotel with Gilmour.

In their representations to Public Health England earlier this week, it is understood that the FA argued the size of the Wembley tunnel and the fact that it is open to the elements should preclude Mount and Chilwell from being deemed close contacts of Gilmour, given the minimal transmission risk in such settings, but their pleas fell on deaf areas.

To compound the FA’s frustration, Mount and Chilwell have both returned two negative Covid-19 tests this week, but remain in isolation.

Mount had played in England’s first two Group games but had to miss win over Czech Republic




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