The duo have been away from the rest of their team-mates since being identified as close contacts of Billy Gilmour.

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have again tested negative for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, but it remains unclear if they will be permitted to take part in England training before their self-isolation ends on Monday, with the FA exploring the possibility that they can participate in a socially-distanced manner similar to when Premier League teams reconvened last summer.

The Chelsea duo have been in isolation for the past four days after spending more than 20 minutes in the company of clubmate Billy Gilmour following last Friday’s draw with Scotland at Wembley. The midfielder subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and, following a lengthy conversation in the tunnel afterwards, Mount and Chilwell were judged as close contacts and informed via Public Health England that they must isolate until 12:01am Tuesday.

The FA and PHE remain in discussions over whether the pair can be a part of Gareth Southgate’s training sessions this weekend. All members of the 26-man squad testing negative in the latest round of UEFA testing.

If permitted to train, Southgate is likely to include Mount against Germany. Chilwell was not in the squad for the win over Croatia and was an unused substitute versus Scotland with the manager preferring Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw at left back.

 

Speaking earlier this afternoon, Declan Rice said that he has been talking to Mount frequently on the phone and that his best friend remains in good spirits. The West Ham midfielder is hopeful they will be allowed to take a bigger part in preparations for Tuesday’s game against Germany than initially thought.

“I’ve been like a lost soul,” Rice joked. “To be fair a few of the lads have come up to me and said, ‘You look lost.’ We had a bit of banter, ‘Yeah I am.’

“He’s been alright to be fair, hopefully he’s out in the next couple of days. I spoke to him yesterday and he tested negative again, I’m hoping he can be back with the group soon.

“He’s just been on Netflix, to be honest with you, watching a few things. We’ve had little chats on FaceTime here and there but he’s been positive. He’s been keeping himself fit in the room as well by doing a bike and whatnot.

“Hopefully we can have him out maybe tomorrow or the next day with the negative test, so that’d be a massive boost. And obviously having Chilwell back as well, that’d be a positive boost for us as well.”

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