Mount and Chilwell still absent from England training

Date published: Saturday 26th June 2021 12:34 - News Desk

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England’s preparations for the Euro 2020 clash with Germany continued without Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount on Saturday.

Having finished top of Group D, the Three Lions are preparing to take on Joachim Low’s side at Wembley in the round of 16 on Tuesday.

The availability of Chilwell and Mount for that match is in doubt as the duo are due to be in isolation up to and including Monday after coming into contact with Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for Covid-19.

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The Chelsea pair, who missed Tuesday’s win against the Czech Republic, continue to produce negative results but remained away from the group on Saturday morning, when 24 players trained at St George’s Park.

Chilwell and Mount did work on a neighbouring training pitch as they continue to go through their individual training programmes.

Harry Maguire trained indoors on Thursday after playing 90 minutes on his return from an ankle injury against the Czechs, but has now been back in the main session for two days.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin trained and is due to speak to the media on Saturday afternoon.

Gareth Southgate admitted his bemusement at the need for Mount and Chilwell to isolate.

Southgate said: “It’s a bizarre situation really. They’ve spent 120 seconds too long in a fairly open space. It’s full of contradictions for me but we have to get on with it.

“Frankly I don’t understand it at all, there are teams travelling around by plane, coach, bus in enclosed spaces for hours. Our two boys have been pinged for something which is….I don’t get it.

“I have no issues with Steve (Clarke) or Scotland, I don’t want them to have any more issues than we have but it seems a bizarre situation.

“They are hugely disappointed to miss the game. We have just had to get on with it.”

Southgate also suggested Mount and Chilwell would struggle to make England’s last-16 match even though their isolation period will have ended.

“Yes, but even then it’ll be very difficult given the training schedule and the need to isolate. We’ll have to look at that as we move forward,” he added.


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