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Roy Keane has his say on Mount, Chilwell, Gilmour isolation incident

The Three Lions’ preparations for Tuesday’s final Group D match were thrown into chaos when it emerged that the pair had been in contact with the Scotland midfielder, who returned a positive Covid-19 test following Friday night’s Group D match.

Mount and Chilwell will now miss the pool decider at Wembley and could also be unavailable for England’s last-16 match, with qualification assured although their place in the group is to be decided.

Asked if the sitation was avoidable, Keane said on ITV: “I think the only thing I’d be critical of is why would you want to speak to an opposition player – I don’t care if he’s your team-mate or not – for over 20 minutes?

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“I very rarely speak to anybody for over five minutes… after a game where you’ve just been to war against somebody, why you’d want to chat to somebody for that long.

“They could have used a bit more common sense.”

Asked if his wife got more than five minutes’ conversation at a time, Keane replied: “Never.”

Scotland’s squad have been under the PHE umbrella, having stayed in Darlington and used Middlesbrough’s training ground.

However, no other members of the group have been required to self-isolate following Gilmour’s positive test.

Former Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, now technical and performance advisor at Chelsea, questioned the logic behind such a scenario.

Writing on Instagram, Cech said: “Please could someone help me understand how is it possible Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell – both with negative tests – have to isolate after they got in contact with Billy Gilmour.

“While the entire Scottish team who shared the dressing room, hotel, coach and plane while travelling, dinning room, meeting room, is allowed to play the game without any problem because they returned the required negative tests?

“What is the difference between them returning the same test results? It is incomprehensible.”

Additional reporting by PA.


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