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Euro 2020: Scotland’s new Euros hero Billy Gilmour tests positive for Covid

The Euro 2020 soccer championships have been at the moment rocked by a coronavirus disaster after Scotland’s star midfielder Billy Gilmour examined optimistic for Covid-19 simply three days after going through England.

The 20-year-old Chelsea footballer will now be pressured to self-isolate for 10 days, hours after taking part in a significant function in Scotland’s goalless draw with England at Wembley Stadium final Friday in his first begin for the nationwide group.

Gilmour was seen hugging a few of his Chelsea team-mates after the match – and there might now be doubts over each Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount previous to England’s closing group recreation in opposition to the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

No different Scotland gamers have been affected or recognized as close-contacts, which means all can be out there as they face Croatia in a winner-takes-all Group D conflict at Hampden Park in Glasgow, which can be on Tuesday at 8pm. 

But Gilmour will play no half within the match for Scotland, who’re of their first main event since World Cup 1998. They sit backside of Group D with one level and have to beat Croatia to have an opportunity of development.  

As for England, all 26 gamers and the broader assist group returned damaging outcomes after the most recent spherical of PCR testing by UEFA on Sunday – the complete squad are anticipated to coach at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell this morning. 

The Scottish and English soccer associations remained in talks with Public Health England this morning concerning shut contacts of Gilmour, however none have been recognized. An SFA spokesman mentioned: ‘The Scottish FA can verify {that a} member of the Scotland nationwide group taking part in squad, Billy Gilmour, has examined optimistic for Covid-19.

‘Having liaised with Public Health England for the reason that optimistic check was recorded, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and due to this fact miss tomorrow’s UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match in opposition to Croatia at Hampden.’

Scotland haven’t but confirmed if Gilmour has obtained his Covid-19 jabs, however that is considered as unlikely resulting from his younger age and involvement in elite sport which might imply he might not need to threat getting any unwanted side effects. 

Half a dozen different groups within the event, which has been delayed by a 12 months, have additionally suffered Covid-19 instances – and Gilmour’s optimistic check is the second to hit the Scotland camp for the reason that squad met up earlier this month.  

All Euro 2020 groups reside in a bubble and avoiding all contact with the general public throughout their involvement within the event. Players are having common PCR exams – with everybody getting examined 48 hours earlier than each match as per UEFA rules – and their temperatures are taken after they arrive at stadiums.  

Scotland's Billy Gilmour challenges Harry Kane of England during the Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley last Friday

Scotland's Billy Gilmour challenges Harry Kane of England during the Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley last Friday

Scotland’s Billy Gilmour challenges Harry Kane of England through the Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley final Friday

Gilmour was seen hugging two of his Chelsea team-mates, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount, after Friday’s match at Wembley

Billy Gilmour is pictured before the match on Friday

Billy Gilmour is pictured before the match on Friday

The Chelsea midfielder's absence in isolation is a huge blow to boss Steve Clarke

The Chelsea midfielder's absence in isolation is a huge blow to boss Steve Clarke

The absence of Gilmour, pictured earlier than the match on Friday (left), is a blow to boss Steve Clarke (proper, collectively)

Billy Gilmour (far right) celebrates with Scotland team-mates after he helped his side to a 0-0 draw against England on Friday

Billy Gilmour (far right) celebrates with Scotland team-mates after he helped his side to a 0-0 draw against England on Friday

Billy Gilmour (far proper) celebrates with Scotland team-mates after he helped his facet to a 0-0 draw in opposition to England on Friday

Gilmour's mother Carrie was in attendance at Wembley to celebrate his performance against England last Friday

Gilmour's mother Carrie was in attendance at Wembley to celebrate his performance against England last Friday

Gilmour’s mom Carrie was in attendance at Wembley to have a good time his efficiency in opposition to England final Friday

Any participant, coach or official who returns a optimistic result’s instantly faraway from the group and quarantined, adopted by common testing of your complete squad and any identified contacts. 

What are the Covid-19 guidelines throughout Euro 2020? How Gilmour should isolate together with any others who had shut contact 

All Euro 2020 groups reside in a bubble and avoiding all contact with the general public throughout their involvement. 

Players are having common PCR exams and their temperatures are taken after they arrive at stadiums. 

Any participant, coach or official who returns a optimistic Covid-19 result’s instantly faraway from the group and quarantined so as to include any potential outbreak. Team-mates or workers who’ve had shut contact with the contaminated gamers should do the identical.  

Opposition gamers usually are not deemed shut contacts except they spend an prolonged time frame with the optimistic participant. Teams should fulfil their Euro fixtures so long as they’ve a minimal of 13 gamers out there. 

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Opposition gamers usually are not deemed shut contacts except they spend an prolonged time frame with the optimistic participant.

Guidance from England’s FA states match play shouldn’t be thought-about ‘shut contact’ so no motion is required except people expertise signs, through which case they need to self-isolate from that time as per Government steering. 

Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck sat out each of the Scots’ warm-up fixtures in opposition to Holland and Luxembourg after contracting the virus, and one other six gamers missed the 2-2 draw with the Dutch as a precaution, though they weren’t formally designated shut contacts of Fleck.

Soon after information broke of Gilmour’s optimistic check at about 10.30am this morning, a video surfaced from the group lodge the place the younger midfielder was seen having fun with taking part in ping pong.

Taken on Andy Robertson’s Instagram story, the video exhibits Gilmour, together with John McGinn, unwinding with a recreation within the group lodge. The video has since been deleted from the Liverpool full-back’s Instagram account.

Sportsmail has realized that there aren’t any shut contacts within the Scotland camp that can be pressured into isolation because of the optimistic check.

Gilmour was not noted of the facet for the opening group defeat to Czech Republic however proved a revelation within the match at Wembley in opposition to England.

Both Scotland and England gamers are routinely examined for Covid-19 and the duty now can be to find out if Gilmour is merely an remoted case of a optimistic outcome.

The Blues teenager was hailed by Patrick Vieira, Graeme Souness and Gary Neville as a distinction maker in 76 minutes at Wembley in what was his first begin for his nation.

‘I actually love his technical capacity. He likes to get on the ball,’ Vieira mentioned on ITV. ‘His team-mates aren’t scared to present him the ball as a result of they understand how good he’s on the ball. I believe he has a very good future forward of him.’

The teenager has been so impactful within the early a part of his profession that he has claimed the man-of-the-match gong on his first appearances within the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Euros. 

A video, which has since been deleted, emerged of Gilmour playing ping pong in the Scotland team hotel

A video, which has since been deleted, emerged of Gilmour playing ping pong in the Scotland team hotel

Gilmour was seen playing with John McGinn and Andy Robertson

Gilmour was seen playing with John McGinn and Andy Robertson

A video, which has since been deleted by Andy Robertson, emerged of Gilmour taking part in ping pong within the Scotland group lodge

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz speaks to Gilmour during the match against England at Wembley last Friday

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz speaks to Gilmour during the match against England at Wembley last Friday

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz speaks to Gilmour through the match in opposition to England at Wembley final Friday

Billy Gilmour, pictured during Friday's match, has tested positive for Covid-19, the Scottish Football Association confirmed

Billy Gilmour, pictured during Friday's match, has tested positive for Covid-19, the Scottish Football Association confirmed

Billy Gilmour, pictured throughout Friday’s match, has examined optimistic for Covid-19, the Scottish Football Association confirmed

Gilmour battles for the ball with England's Raheem Sterling during the Euro 2020 match at Wembley Stadium last Friday

Gilmour battles for the ball with England's Raheem Sterling during the Euro 2020 match at Wembley Stadium last Friday

Gilmour battles for the ball with England’s Raheem Sterling through the Euro 2020 match at Wembley Stadium final Friday

Scotland were looking to Gilmour to inspire a win in their crucial final game against Croatia, which takes place tomorrow

Scotland were looking to Gilmour to inspire a win in their crucial final game against Croatia, which takes place tomorrow

Scotland have been trying to Gilmour to encourage a win of their essential closing recreation in opposition to Croatia, which takes place tomorrow

Gilmour poses for a photograph with his Heineken "Star of the Match" award after the Euro 2020 match last Friday

Gilmour poses for a photograph with his Heineken "Star of the Match" award after the Euro 2020 match last Friday

Gilmour poses for {a photograph} along with his Heineken ‘Star of the Match’ award after the Euro 2020 match final Friday

Gilmour was nearly sure to be the chief of the midfield on Tuesday at Hampden for the match-up in opposition to Croatia. But his enforced absence arrives as a crushing blow for Scotland and their hopes of progressing.

Even if Scotland progress with out him, his 10-day isolation interval would additionally rule him out of any last-16 tie all however ending his Euros run after one recreation.

Having outshone a string of Premier League gamers on Friday night time, Gilmour was anticipated to start out once more in opposition to Croatia, with the tantalising prospect of him going head-to-head with Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

But supervisor Steve Clarke will now have to rethink his plans. Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, who slotted again right into a defensive function in opposition to England, is prone to be returned to his standard place defending the again three. Clarke is because of maintain a press convention at the moment at 5.45pm.

Left to right, England's John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire train in Chigwell today

Left to right, England's John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire train in Chigwell today

Left to proper, England’s John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire prepare in Chigwell at the moment

Chilwell was all smiles in England training on Monday morning as Gareth Southgate's squad prepared for their next match

Chilwell was all smiles in England training on Monday morning as Gareth Southgate's squad prepared for their next match

Chilwell was all smiles in England coaching on Monday morning as Gareth Southgate’s squad ready for his or her subsequent match

Ben Chilwell is challenged by Bukayo Saka and Luke Shaw as Reece James looks on during an England training session today

Ben Chilwell is challenged by Bukayo Saka and Luke Shaw as Reece James looks on during an England training session today

Ben Chilwell is challenged by Bukayo Saka and Luke Shaw as Reece James appears on throughout an England coaching session at the moment

England's Jack Grealish during a training session at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell this morning ahead of tomorrow's match

England's Jack Grealish during a training session at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell this morning ahead of tomorrow's match

England’s Jack Grealish throughout a coaching session at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell this morning forward of tomorrow’s match

England's Harry Maguire (left), Harry Kane (centre) and Jordan Henderson during a training session this morning

England's Harry Maguire (left), Harry Kane (centre) and Jordan Henderson during a training session this morning

England’s Harry Maguire (left), Harry Kane (centre) and Jordan Henderson throughout a coaching session this morning

Earlier this 12 months, consultants instructed the Sunday Times in March that there had not been a single occasion of on-field transmission of Covid-19 in UK soccer, rugby union, rugby league or American soccer.

Professor James Calder, the unbiased chairman of the federal government’s committee on the return of elite sport, mentioned all cases of Covid-19 being transmitted inside soccer had occurred away from the pitch.

He mentioned on the time: ‘We haven’t had any instances of transmission on the pitch in soccer. It is what occurs off the pitch, within the altering rooms, car-sharing, [not] social distancing that seems to be the chance.

‘There was concern contact sports activities resembling rugby might have very completely different issues in comparison with soccer and cricket however these sports activities have accomplished superb work to determine the dangers on the sphere.’

A Premier League research final 12 months confirmed gamers can be throughout the an infection distance of two metres, if one participant on the pitch had the virus, for a median of simply 39 seconds throughout a match. 

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