Southgate reveals why it’s difficult for the Chelsea players

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Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell missed England’s final group game against Czech Republic having come in contact with Billy Gilmour who tested positive to Covid-19. The duo have also been away from the rest of the squad since the Scotland game and only returned to the team on Monday.

The Chelsea duo have been training individually ahead of the Three Lions final round of 16 clash with Germany.

Speaking ahead of their game with Germany, Southgate has now insisted that it would be difficult for the two Chelsea players having been away for so long.

“We’ve got to take into account [if they can be considered],” Southgate said. “There’s not only the training part of that but the psychological part of that as well, of course.

“They’ve had to spend a lot of time in a room on their own so very difficult situation firstly for the two boys.

“You come to a major tournament, you want to be a part of everything and they’ve had to isolate through this period, which is of course difficult for anybody.

“And for us we’ve just got to make that decision as we as we progress. They come out of the full quarantine at midnight, so we’ll be able to talk to them a little bit more.

“I’m having to redo the meetings that I have with the rest of the team over a Zoom call with them, so although I can speak with them once they’ve been on to the training pitch to do their session, it’s just getting across all of that feeling that they have.

“It’s been quite complicated. In the main they’ve had to work entirely on their own.

“They’ve been able to work in very small, well-distanced group session but not with the full group and they haven’t been able to take part in any of the full team training sessions. The guidance from Public Health England has been very clear, very specific and we’ve had to follow that.”

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