England’s players have all tested negative for Covid-19 after their contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour on Friday night.
The 26-man squad all returned their negative test results on Sunday, 48 hours after coming face-to-face with Scotland youngster Gilmour, who was confirmed to have picked up the virus in a statement from the Scottish FA on Monday.
There were concerns that Gilmour’s Chelsea teammates Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell could have been infected after they were seen exchanging hugs with the young midfielder after the goalless draw.
But no member of England’s playing or coaching staff recorded a positive test when they underwent their mandatory UEFA PCR testing on Sunday evening.
UEFA state that all squads at the European Championships should undergo PCR tests 48 hours after each match, and it was during Scotland’s round that Gilmour recorded the positive test.
The news comes as a huge blow to the Scots ahead of their must-win group stage clash against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday, after Gilmour received the man of the match award following the England match, his first ever senior start for his country.
A Scotland statement read: “The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland National Team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Having liaised with Public Health England since the positive test was recorded, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and therefore miss tomorrow’s UEFA EURO 2020 Group D match against Croatia at Hampden.”
There is no suggestion that any other member of the Scotland squad has tested positive, and Steve Clarke will hold a press conference to discuss the latest team news on Monday evening.
Former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness says the loss of Gilmour for the Croatia clash is a huge blow.
“This knocks us sideways,” said Souness on Sky Sports.
“It is an almighty blow for us, for him and the nation.
“He was the star of the show [against England at Wembley].
“For 20 years old, what a debut. He is an enormous prospect for us. We will miss him, I know that sounds daft – 20 years old, one start – but we will.”
England’s players trained at their base at Tottenham’s training ground on Monday, with centre-back Harry Maguire stepping up his return to fitness as he eyes a first appearance of the tournament.