Chelsea’s duo of Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell, as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, are expected to be available for the upcoming Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark after they were recalled to England’s secure eco-bubble in time for training on Friday.
Their involvement on Sunday’s match against Belgium – as with all the other members of England’s squad – then depends on them passing a UEFA-mandated coronavirus test on Friday.
The trio was not allowed to enter the England camp with the rest of the squad on Monday after they attended a birthday party in Abraham’s London flat last weekend.
Around 20 guests were in Tammy’s apartment for the surprise birthday party, which breached the government’s coronavirus rules.
Gareth Southgate said on Wednesday night that the FA was still trying to ascertain whether the three players were able to satisfy the medical protocols in time to join the camp and be able to play in Sunday’s Nations League game against Belgium and in Wednesday’s match against Denmark.
However, reports suggest all three have now returned one negative Covid-19 test, and the FA is confident that Abraham, Chilwell, and Sancho pose no risk to the rest of the squad.
And as a result, they can now be admitted into the bio-secure team hotel.
The trio will be able to have a further coronavirus test along with the rest of their England team-mates on Friday, and could be in contention for the match against Belgium, as doing so means they will satisfy UEFA’s protocols, whereby players must return a negative coronavirus test two days’ prior to a game.
England manager, Gareth Southgate, has reminded his players of their responsibilities following several high-profile breaches of coronavirus rules.
The England coach held a meeting with his players at St George’s Park this week following two major lapses of discipline by squad members.
“I don’t think we can attribute what happens with players when they are with their clubs as the responsibility of England,” he says.
“But what we did earlier this week, we had a really good meeting with all of the players where we talked about the responsibility of being an England player and how the spotlight is different.
“When the story broke earlier in the week there was no mention of the clubs they play for, they were England players and the players need to be aware of that.“