Hugging family would breach Covid rules, England players are warned

Hugging family members in the Wembley crowd after the Denmark game would be a breach of Covid rules, England players are warned

  • Euro 2020 organisers have stressed the strict rules around bubbles
  • Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have already been forced to self-isolate for 10 days after spending time with Scotland’s Billy Glimour
  • Comes after Raheem Sterling celebrated with his son after victory over Germany

England players must not hug loved ones in the Wembley crowd if they reach the European Championship final, they have been warned. 

Euro 2020 organisers have stressed the strict rules around bubbles – including no contact with family and friends – intended to stop a Covid outbreak from ruining the tournament, The Telegraph reports.  

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have already been forced to self-isolate for 10 days after spending time with Scotland’s Billy Glimour – their Chelsea teammate – just before he tested positive for Covid. 

Raheem Sterling had also picked up his son Thiago from the crowd following England’s 2-0 victory against Germany at Wembley, even though a steward seemed to try to stop him. 

Raheem Sterling of England poses for a photo with his child following victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on June 29

Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell in close contact with each other after England’s match against Scotland in the UEFA European Championships 2020

England are back at Wembley to play Denmark tomorrow night.

The team’s success, having reached their first major final since the 1966 World Cup, would typically mean family and friends would take part in the celebrations, but Britain is currently enduring a surge in coronavirus cases.

Gareth Southgate believes England’s recent semi-final experience means they go into Wednesday’s last-four clash with Denmark better prepared than at previous tournaments.

The Three Lions are bidding to reach a first major tournament final since 1966, having fallen just short at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they lost in the semis.

England then suffered more semi-final disappointment in 2019 as they were beaten by Holland in the Nations League.

But Southgate insists the experience gained on those two occasions will help England as they prepare for Wednesday’s Wembley showdown.

England’s Raheem Sterling son Thiago celebrates with family after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 match at Wembley Stadium, London, June 29 

He told BBC Sport: ‘We are better prepared for this semi-final in that we’ve lived it before. We’ve had another two semi-finals prior to this one.

‘And although that doesn’t determine winning or losing a game of football, there are a lot of factors that we are aware of and we have dealt with before that help you to prepare in a better way.

‘For example, after the game in Rome the celebrations were at a certain level, where probably in Russia – to get through the first knockout game, to get through the quarter-final, took a lot of emotional energy.

‘In Rome, it was important to go and thank the fans who turned up in such numbers but everybody was quite calm about what was going on and we knew we hadn’t achieved what we want to achieve yet.

‘So those things I think are what prepare you for a big match like this.’

Southgate also highlighted the ‘very special’ chance his side have to bring happiness to the country.

He added: ‘The opportunity to bring happiness and create brilliant nights for our fans, our nation, is a very special one that you have when you play with England.

‘England matches are events that bring families together, that bring communities together, and they are matches that you remember where you were.

‘Some of the nicest messages you get are that people appreciate how the players have been – that they feel they can connect with them – they should be very proud of that.’

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