Grealish ‘baffled’ by ‘crazy’ Mount, Chilwell isolation
Posted On June 23, 2021
England star Jack Grealish has insisted that the decision to make Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell isolate is “crazy” after they came into contact with Billy Gilmour.
The Three Lions faced Scotland at Wembley last Friday evening. The game finished 0-0 and Chelsea midfielder Gilmour shone for the Scots.
The youngster was expected to start again against Croatia on Tuesday, but he tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
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No England players tested positive for the virus after Gilmour’s test was revealed.
But it was later reported that Mount and Chilwell must self-isolate until the end of Monday, June 28. This came after the trio were talking for 25 minutes after the goalless draw at Wembley.
Roy Keane suggested that the players showed a lack of “common sense” on Friday.
Mount and Chilwell missed England’s final group game against the Czech Republic. Gareth Southgate’s side won 1-0 to secure top spot and a round of 16 tie against either France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary on Tuesday (June 29).
The duo will be available to play for England in that game. This is even though they will not be able to train with the squad in the week leading up to it.
As cited by EuroSport, Grealish said the isolation decision “baffles” him:
“It’s crazy how we have no players in our squad with covid and have two players isolating and Scotland have one and none isolating. It baffles me,” Grealish said.
This comes after Southgate suggested that the call to isolate the duo is “full of contradictions”:
“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 then admitted that it will difficult for the Chelsea duo to play in England’s round of 16 game:
“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.”
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