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    'Bizarre' Covid protocol frustrates Southgate

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    England boss Gareth Southgate said the absence of Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount from the Euro 2020 win over the Czech Republic was a "bizarre situation" and "full of contradictions".

    Chilwell and Mount are self-isolating after they were seen interacting with Chelsea team-mate Billy Gilmour after England's draw with Scotland on Friday.

    Gilmour has since tested positive for coronavirus.

    Midfielder Mount and defender Chilwell will isolate until 28 June.

    That is the day before England's last-16 match against Germany, France, Portugal or Hungary.

    Both players have tested negative for Covid-19, and Southgate said they were "hugely disappointed" to miss Tuesday's game.

    "We just have to get on with it," he told ITV.

    "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.

    "I don't understand it 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."

    The entire squad had lateral flow tests on Monday, and all returned negative results.

    After Chilwell and Mount initially isolated as a precaution on Monday, Southgate said having them quarantined for 10 days would be "the worst-case scenario".

    But Public Health England (PHE) worked with the Football Association to confirm the duo as close contacts of Gilmour.

    Among Gilmour's Scotland team-mates, however, there were no close contacts identified within the squad, with 25 players available to face Croatia on Tuesday.

    Petr Cech, Chelsea's technical director, questioned why Mount and Chilwell have had to isolate when none of Gilmour's team-mates have.

    In a post on Instagram,external-link the 39-year-old said "it is incomprehensible".

    PHE guidance states someone could be considered a close contact and might have to self-isolate if they had a face-to-face conversation within one metre, or had been within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes who tested positive for Covid-19.

    "We will continue to follow all Covid-19 protocols and the Uefa testing regime, while remaining in close contact with PHE," the FA said in a statement.

    England were guaranteed a place in the last 16 after Monday's results, and went through as Group D winners with a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic.

    Mount had played every minute of England's European Championship campaign prior to the match, but left-back Chilwell is yet to feature.

    The FA said the players would "train individually in private areas" at England's St George's Park training base.

    Mount said on social media that he was "absolutely gutted" to miss the final group game, while Chilwell tweeted "it's a tough one to take".

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    • H

      Comment posted by Hank Scorpio, at 12:10 22 Jun

      Seems strange to me that they managed to have more contact than any of the Scotland players, especially when Steve Clarke was shown hugging Gilmour so closely123430

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        Reply posted by MattySW, at 12:14 22 Jun

        "Seems strange to me that they managed to have more contact than any of the Scotland players, especially when Steve Clarke was shown hugging Gilmour so closely"MattySW replied: Well we can’t have Scotland weakened can we, that would be out of order.50996

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      Comment posted by Joe, at 12:09 22 Jun

      How come no Scotland players have to isolate. they spent hours in the dressing room with Gilmore and were in close contact in the hotel????92527

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        Reply posted by bagseye, at 12:19 22 Jun

        "How come no Scotland players have to isolate. they spent hours in the dressing room with Gilmore and were in close contact in the hotel????"bagseye replied: Yea, I’m really struggling to understand the reasoning for the two England platers to self-isolate, yet the whole Scotland team appear to be exempt for some reason.

        Is it because of the ‘bubbles’?33314

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      Comment posted by Ringburn, at 12:11 22 Jun

      Can we find a video clip of Kane and Sterling giving Billy Gilmour a cuddle?85243

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        Reply posted by Azul, at 12:15 22 Jun

        "Can we find a video clip of Kane and Sterling giving Billy Gilmour a cuddle?"Azul replied: Southgate would still play Kane in a body suit, and with Crabby Henderson and Donkey McGuire returning look out Czechs.18492

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      Comment posted by wellinever, at 12:09 22 Jun

      Makes no sense to me – why don’t the whole Scottish team have to isolate?49917

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        Reply posted by Force Kin, at 12:25 22 Jun

        "Makes no sense to me – why don’t the whole Scottish team have to isolate?"Force Kin replied: They didn’t snog like his Chelsea team mates12462

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      Comment posted by Big Time Charlie, at 12:10 22 Jun

      I’m confused. How come Steve Clarke is not self isolating? What about the Scottish players he shared a dressing room with? Please enlighten me.48214

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      Comment posted by Juan-Malcolm-Patone, at 12:11 22 Jun

      Is it just me, or has the whole world lost the Covid plot?

      Chilwell and Mount ‘interacted’ with Gilmour. There were 22 players on the pitch. Plus substitutes. Plus coaches. Plus kit persons.

      How did only 2 England players ‘interact’ with Gilmour?

      Why haven’t both entire squads been withdrawn?48530

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        Reply posted by Squirtle-is-a-turtle, at 12:16 22 Jun

        "Is it just me, or has the whole world lost the Covid plot?Chilwell and Mount ‘interacted’ with Gilmour. There were 22 players on the pitch. Plus substitutes. Plus coaches. Plus kit persons.How did only 2 England players ‘interact’ with Gilmour?Why haven’t both entire squads been withdrawn?"Squirtle-is-a-turtle replied: I think because experts at PHE assessed the system and not some bloke with access to the internet.351212

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      Comment posted by footfall22, at 12:14 22 Jun

      Steve Clarke the Scotland manager and several Scottish players were seen on TV doing the exact same thing. I don’t want it to impact Scotland’s chances and I hope they progress but where is the consistency?40513

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        Reply posted by Scousepower, at 12:51 22 Jun

        "Steve Clarke the Scotland manager and several Scottish players were seen on TV doing the exact same thing. I don’t want it to impact Scotland’s chances and I hope they progress but where is the consistency?"Scousepower replied: #BillyNoMates ;)4515

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      Comment posted by paramatic, at 12:11 22 Jun

      Everyone thinking Mount’s absence makes room for Grealish…

      Meanwhile Southgate is salivating over the chance to 3 defensive midfielders!35314

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        Reply posted by TJVillan, at 12:15 22 Jun

        "Everyone thinking Mount’s absence makes room for Grealish… Meanwhile Southgate is salivating over the chance to 3 defensive midfielders!"TJVillan replied: Southgate will always find a reason not to pick Grealish if he can. It feels like he’s only including him in the squad at this stage because the uproar would be too great if he left him out.17316

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      Comment posted by Laughing Gnome, at 12:11 22 Jun

      How did Gilmour get it, if the players are isolated in camp?2622

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        Reply posted by Squirtle-is-a-turtle, at 12:14 22 Jun

        "How did Gilmour get it, if the players are isolated in camp?"Squirtle-is-a-turtle replied: Caught it off chilwell, can’t social distance1848

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      Comment posted by Poddy100, at 12:11 22 Jun

      I play Sunday league, even we know not to hug :/

      I’ll be more interested in how Billy Gilmour managed to catch it.2533

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        Reply posted by mushtaq elahi, at 12:16 22 Jun

        "I play Sunday league, even we know not to hug :/I’ll be more interested in how Billy Gilmour managed to catch it."mushtaq elahi replied: Same here. Doesn’t speak well for the so-called bubbles they have set up.1095

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      Comment posted by HighlandSpur, at 12:12 22 Jun

      What I don’t understand is why the whole Scotland squad are not isolating. Surely they shared a dressing room with Gilmour and interacted with him?25911

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        Reply posted by Guybrush Threepwood, at 12:15 22 Jun

        "What I don’t understand is why the whole Scotland squad are not isolating. Surely they shared a dressing room with Gilmour and interacted with him?"Guybrush Threepwood replied: I don’t think is a UEFA imposed rule, it doesn’t say but i think it is a self imposed precaution433

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      Comment posted by Glass Onion, at 12:12 22 Jun

      So how come the Scotland team who mix with him every day haven’t got to self isolate, yet Mount & Chilwell who were in brief contact with him have? Makes no sense to me, but symbolic of the rest of the decisions that have been hard to fathom out during the pandemic.2253

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        Reply posted by moorster, at 12:18 22 Jun

        "So how come the Scotland team who mix with him every day haven’t got to self isolate, yet Mount & Chilwell who were in brief contact with him have? Makes no sense to me, but symbolic of the rest of the decisions that have been hard to fathom out during the pandemic."moorster replied: Indeed. I spent about 20 seconds buying a drink from a barman at an outdoor bar (socially distanced) two weeks ago and had to self-isolate when it transpired he had Covid.1059

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      Comment posted by Sybosid, at 12:14 22 Jun

      And yet we’ve to believe that not one single Scottish player or staff member came into close contact or are affected in anyway? Aye right!2165

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        Reply posted by drogsbreath, at 12:19 22 Jun

        "And yet we’ve to believe that not one single Scottish player or staff member came into close contact or are affected in anyway? Aye right!"drogsbreath replied: UEFA must insist on Scotland coming clean or ban them. Risking infection of Croatia and beyond is way too risky.12128

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      Comment posted by stevieshoes, at 12:10 22 Jun

      Yet the Scotland squad can all play tonight hey?!?!!?!17210

      • S

        Reply posted by Scousepower, at 13:00 22 Jun

        "Yet the Scotland squad can all play tonight hey?!?!!?!"Scousepower replied: seems official Scottish position = #BillyNoMates248

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      Comment posted by Piers Catchfire, at 12:12 22 Jun

      Weird that none of the Scottish squad who travelled and celebrated with him are caught up in this.1564

      • M

        Reply posted by More on this story, at 13:16 22 Jun

        "Weird that none of the Scottish squad who travelled and celebrated with him are caught up in this."More on this story replied: Surely if the two England players get a negative lateral flow test they can play?508

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      Comment posted by kEVIN nORTH, at 12:12 22 Jun

      Surely the whole Scotland team will have to isolate?1458

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        Reply posted by Squirtle-is-a-turtle, at 12:13 22 Jun

        "Surely the whole Scotland team will have to isolate?"Squirtle-is-a-turtle replied: Why?19117

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      Comment posted by mark G, at 12:11 22 Jun

      ridiculous both have negative tests and have to isolate . what about the entire scotland dressing room . It time the country woke up to this isolation shambles14320

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        Reply posted by Guybrush Threepwood, at 12:17 22 Jun

        "ridiculous both have negative tests and have to isolate . what about the entire scotland dressing room . It time the country woke up to this isolation shambles"Guybrush Threepwood replied: not really, as the incubation period for the virus can be about 7 days.3843

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      Comment posted by mushtaq elahi, at 12:14 22 Jun

      I’m with other users here. Why do the Scotland squad not have to self-isolate too? Surely he was in the dressing room with them all?

      Could someone explain to me?1208

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        Reply posted by gadgyarab, at 12:24 22 Jun

        "I’m with other users here. Why do the Scotland squad not have to self-isolate too? Surely he was in the dressing room with them all?Could someone explain to me?"gadgyarab replied: Read the article, it’s about close contact, indoors. As for there being some kind of conspiracy, do you really think the English FA would allow such a thing!2457

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      Comment posted by gubby allen, at 12:13 22 Jun

      I would be very surprised if Gilmour did not have the same close contact with someone in his own squad in the hours either side of the incident. Or indeed other players or officials, after the game and away from the cameras.1122

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        Reply posted by Richard, at 12:52 22 Jun

        "I would be very surprised if Gilmour did not have the same close contact with someone in his own squad in the hours either side of the incident. Or indeed other players or officials, after the game and away from the cameras."Richard replied: Exactly. I presume Gilmour has a room mate? So who is he and why is he not having to isolate??758

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      Comment posted by malc, at 12:12 22 Jun

      Perhaps they could still play, on the basis that no Czech player can come within six feet of them? That way, we might actually score a goal!1041

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        Reply posted by Bodie, at 13:34 22 Jun

        "Perhaps they could still play, on the basis that no Czech player can come within six feet of them? That way, we might actually score a goal!"Bodie replied: As an England fan I want a draw tonight, even a loss I can cope with, definitely don’t want a victory !209

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