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England hope Mount and Chilwell can take part in socially distanced training

England medical staff are seeking permission for Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell to take part in socially distanced training with their teammates.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has not given up on the Chelsea pair playing some part in next Tuesday’s last 16 tie at Wembley despite them being under orders to self isolate.

Mount and Chilwell have remained at St George’s Park despite coming into contact with Chelsea team mate Billy Gilmour who tested positive for coronavirus after Scotland’s draw at Wembley last Friday.

Public Health England initially told the Football Association the pair must train alone away from the rest of the group to maintain the social distancing under their rules.

But the FA are exploring a precedent set by the Premier League last year when players were allowed to train in small groups under strict supervision.

Mount and Chilwell have been ordered to self-isolate

They would not be allowed any contact or to be involved in drills but, with regular testing, the hope is they can play some part.

Mount is seen as being particularly important for his set pieces and both players were believed to have been ready to play against the Czech Republic.

The hope is that with some fitness work and involvement, they may be able to be on the bench next Tuesday.

There is still some disbelief that the pair had to self isolate after just having a 25 minute chat with Gilmour in the tunnel at Wembley.

But none of the Scotland players were made to self isolate despite sharing a dressing room and hotel with Gilmour.

Meanwhile, Jordan Pickford has become a key figure for England in the Euros.

England boss Gareth Southgate has praised Pickford’s “excellent” displays which have helped him keep three clean sheets and he has never let his country down.

Pickford has been excellent for England so far
Pickford has been excellent for England so far

Everton keeper Pickford has again defied the doubters as he was a hero in the 2018 World Cup and Southgate says it is not just about his shot stopping but also his distribution.

Pickford went through a turbulent season at Goodison Park when his confidence dropped, he was axed and his England place was under threat but has risen to the challenge and his status as No1 has never looked so secure.

Southgate said: “I think he’s been excellent. The last couple of months of the season, his performances have been very calm for his club.

“He has been decisive at the right moments for us and has made good decisions with the ball at his feet. You have seen the range of passing that he’s got. He has dropped a few in to the front players. He has been able to play through the lines.

“He’s in a really good place and he’s given us a really solid start point for what has been strong defence from the whole team.”




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