Ben Chilwell set to miss England’s match against Belgium on Sunday due to non-Covid related illness after being omitted from Wales clash after ‘Rule of Six’ breach during birthday party at Tammy Abraham’s home
- Ben Chilwell will miss England’s game versus Belgium with a non-Covid illness
- Chilwell missed win versus Wales after breaching Government’s ‘Rule of Six’
- Defender attended Tammy Abraham’s birthday party along with Jadon Sancho
- Abraham and Sancho set to link up with squad following coronavirus tests
Ben Chilwell will miss England’s Nations League game at home to Belgium on Sunday due to a non-Covid related illness.
Chilwell was absent for the victory against Wales on Thursday after he was delayed from entering the England camp along with Tammy Abraham and Sancho.
The three players attended a surprise birthday party for Abraham at the Chelsea stiriker’s flat last weekend, with the gathering having around 20 guests, therefore breaching the ‘Rule of Six’ put in place by the Government.
Ben Chilwell will miss England’s game against Belgium with a non-Covid related illness
Gareth Southgate will have to use an alternative option on the left side of the defence
Following England’s 3-0 win against Wales, manager Gareth Southgate said that Chilwell, Sancho and Abraham would be permitted to link up with the squad if they passed a UEFA-mandated coronavirus test.
While Sancho and Abraham have taken the test, Chilwell’s reintegration into the squad has been delayed further still due to a non-Covid related illness.
Even with Chilwell unavailable again, Southgate has several options to consider when deciding who he should select at left-back against Belgium.
Chilwell had been delayed from entering the England camp after breaching coronavirus rules by attending Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham’s birthday party
Jadon Sancho, who also attended the party, is set to join Abraham by linking up with the squad
Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka started against Wales, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also capable of playing there and Kieran Trippier was used out of position on the left side of the defence during the last set of international fixtures.
The party at Abraham’s flat took place just hours after Chelsea’s win against Crystal Palace last Saturday in which the striker and Chilwell were both involved.
Abraham issued an apology last Sunday, saying: ‘I arrived home to find a small surprise gathering.
‘Though I was totally unaware this was planned, I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for the naivety shown for the organisation and attending of this gathering.
All I can do now is learn from it, apologise to everyone and ensure it never happens again.’
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