Gareth Southgate has once again bemoaned the Covid “contradictions” that mean he is without Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell for tonight’s game against the Czech Republic.
The England pair have been forced to self-isolate after they were seen in close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who has since tested positive.
It means Southgate has had to shuffle his pack, but Scotland boss Steve Clarke still has a full squad to pick from after none of his players were ordered to self-isolate.
Mount and Chilwell have both tested negative bust must remain away from the group.
Southgate’s frustrations were clear on Monday night and just before the game at Wembley he has again aired his frustrations insisting he “doesn’t understand it at all”.
“They’re of course hugely disappointed to miss the games and we’ve had to get on with it,” he 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’ll have to get over it.
“Frankly, I don’t understand it at all. There are teams traveling around, flying, by coach, by bus, in close spaces for hours and our two boys have been pinged. I don’t get it, I really don’t get it.
“As I said yesterday, I have no issue for Steve and Scotland, I don’t want them to have any more issues than we’ve had, but it seems a bizarre situation.”
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The feeling of frustration among England fans is clear, but Roy Keane feels as if the Chelsea pair could’ve been more savvy.
They were seen talking to their Blues team-mate on the pitch and those conversations continued into the tunnel.
Keane, who himself has long been outspoken about player interaction after games, believes they could’ve held off on speaking to Gilmour.
He told 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.
“I very rarely speak to anybody for over five minutes. At the game, when you’ve been at war with somebody, why would you want to speak to anybody for that long? They could have used more common sense.”
Mount and Chilwell will have to self-isolate until June 28 meaning they could miss England’s last 16 game.
The Three Lions need to beat the Czechs to ensure they top Group D.
Failure to do so will mean Southgate’s side will have to play their next game away from Wembley.