International: Gareth Southgate drops Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho for Wales fixture

Chelsea’s duo of Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell, as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho will miss England’s game against Wales on Thursday.

The players are being investigated by the FA for attending a party on Saturday night, which broke the government’s coronavirus rules.

Reports suggest England manager, Gareth Southgate ,is furious at the players’ actions.

Abraham’s 23rd birthday was celebrated at his London flat by friends and family who threw a surprise party for him, with Chilwell and Sancho also there.

Around 20 people in total were inside the flat, in a clear breach of the national ‘rule of six’.

The FA told all three to stay away from St George’s Park on Monday, while the rest of the England players signed in and had their regular coronavirus test.

The entire England squad will again be tested on Tuesday, two days before the Wales game, in line with UEFA’s protocols.

Sancho, Chilwell and Abraham were not in the plans for re-admittance into the squad by then, and so – having missed the compulsory tests – there is no way they can be included in Southgate’s team to play in the all-British friendly at Wembley.

Abraham says in a released statement on Monday: “On Saturday evening, I arrived home to find a small surprise gathering had been organised for me, with family and close friends, to celebrate my birthday.

“Although I was totally unaware this was planned, I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for the naivety shown by all for the organisation and attending of this gathering.

“I recognise that I have a responsibility both in my professional and personal life to honour and respect the guidelines and deeply regret that this took place. All I can do now is learn from it, apologise to everyone and ensure it never happens again.”

Chilwell and Sancho have also both issued apologies for attending the party and pledged to “learn from this“.

Gareth Southgate issued specific warnings to the squad about breaching the rules after the embarrassing situation in Reykjavik four weeks ago when Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were sent home for leaving the eco-bubble to meet two Icelandic women.

Southgate has yet to decide if Sancho, Chilwell, and Abraham will be allowed back into the England camp in time for the two competitive Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark.

It is feasible for them to join up with the squad if FA officials arrange for them to be tested on Friday – two days before the Belgium game at Wembley on Sunday.

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