Gareth Southgate admits confusion as no Scotland players asked to self-isolate

Gareth Southgate has admitted he is in the dark as to why more England players than Scotland will be out of action despite a member of the Scottish side testing positive for coronavirus.

The two nations met at Wembley on Friday night in a dismal 0-0 draw, where Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour came into contact with a number of players from both sides despite unknowingly having the virus.

As a result, Gilmour’s Chelsea teammates Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are ruled out of England’s pivotal final Euro 2020 group game against the Czech Republic due to self-isolation regulations.

However, no Scotland players will be forced to miss Steve Clarke’s sides game against Croatia at Hampden Park other than Gilmour himself.

Gareth Southgate has conceded he is confused over the coronavirus protocols currently in place

This decision has confused England boss Southgate, who said: “I don’t want to cause a drama for Scotland, but if you’re all in the dressing together. Where do you stand?

“I don’t know all of the factors behind that but it clearly it’s nothing to do with being on the pitch.”

Southgate went on to compare the situation to that of when a player tests positive for coronavirus while on club duty.

“So that’s why there is no issue behind teams training going back to when Premier League restarted, training was shown to be a situation where there weren’t contacts for long enough for it to be a risk,” he said.

“We’re just waiting to hear for more information at this moment in time.”

The fact that England are still awaiting more information just over 24 hours before kick-off hardly bodes well for their pre-match preparations in what is a huge clash on Tuesday night.

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Mason Mount was seen hugging Chelsea teammate Gilmour after the game on Friday night
Mason Mount was seen hugging Chelsea teammate Gilmour after the game on Friday night

A win over the Czech Republic would see England leapfrog their opponents into top-spot, meaning they would likely face one of Portugal, Germany or tournament favourites France at the last-16 stage of the competition.

They will now have to go without one of their most integral players in Mount, who has started both of the Three Lions opening group games against Croatia and Scotland respectively.

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