Isolation period confirmed for England pair as Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips prepares for Czech Republic Euro 2020 clash

Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount must isolate from Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips and the rest of the England squad up to and including Monday June 28.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 11:40 am
NEW PARTNER - If Leeds United man Kalvin Phillips is selected to play for England against the Czech Republic tonight he will need a new midfield partner after Mason Mount's isolation period was confirmed. Pic: Getty

The England pair were confirmed as close contacts of Scotland's Billy Gilmour, who tested positive following last Friday's match at Wembley.

A decision has now been taken, in consultation with Public Health England that they must isolate and train individually in private areas of England's St George's Park training base. Phillips and the Three Lions squad will return to St George's after tonight's final Euro 2020 group game against Czech Republic at Wembley.

A statement from England Football said: "We can confirm that Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount must isolate up to and including next Monday [28 June]. This decision has been taken in consultation with Public Health England.

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"We will continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols and the UEFA testing regime, while remaining in close contact with PHE.

"The entire England squad and staff had lateral flow tests on Monday and all were again negative, as was the case with Sunday’s UEFA pre-match PCR tests. Further tests will be carried out as and when appropriate."

If selected by Southgate for tonight's game, Phillips will have to forge a new midfield partnership having played alongside Mount in the opening two fixtures. The England boss has a number of options at his disposal, including Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish and Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham.

Last night's results ensured England have already qualified for the last 16, but a win tonight will hand top spot to the Three Lions and a June 29 meeting with the Group F runners-up.

All four teams in Group F could still finish runners-up. Germany currently occupy second spot after their win over Portugal on Saturday.