Furious Three Lions fans have today blasted coronavirus rules which mean two England stars who came into contact with Covid-positive Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour have to self-isolate – while his own teammates do not.
England stars Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are now facing six more days in quarantine after a tunnel chat with their Chelsea teammate in the aftermath of Friday’s 0-0 draw at Wembley.
But, in a bizarre twist, no other Scotland player, apart from Gilmour, will have to self-isolate.
It means Scotland go into their game against Croatia with a near-full strength squad, while England will be without star midfielder Mount and left-back Chilwell against Czech Republic. The pair, who have both tested negative for Covid since coming into contact with Gilmour, could also miss England’s upcoming knock-out fixture depending on when it takes place.
Football pundits have today slammed the decision, while England fans have also hit out, describing the situation as ‘farcical’. England fan Mike Davies, of Tunbridge Wells Kent, told MailOnline: ‘It is a disgusting decision. I can’t believe it.
‘When you think of the fact that Billy Gilmour was in a changing room with his Scottish teammates after the match, it just doesn’t make sense.’
Another fan Ian Greener, from Wakefield who works for Network Rail as an engineer, said: ‘It is a farcical position. It is just crazy. ‘But I believe that if they had quarantined the Scotland team, then their match with Croatia wouldn’t have been able to take place tonight.