Ben Chilwell to miss England's game against Belgium with non-Covid related illness

Ben Chilwell will miss England’s UEFA Nations League fixture with Belgium on Sunday after his arrival to the squad was delayed further with a non-Covid related illness.

Chilwell, along with Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho, was barred from entering the England camp with the rest of the squad on Monday, after the trio attended a birthday party in Abraham’s London flat last weekend. The surprise gathering had around 20 guests, and therefore breached the Government’s coronavirus rules.

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England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed after the 3-0 friendly victory over Wales that the three players would be recalled depending on them passing a UEFA-mandated coronavirus test on Friday.


Abraham and Sancho have undergone the test but Chilwell is yet to join up with the squad as he recovers from a non-Covid related illness.

Southgate and FA officials will decide in the coming days if Chilwell is well enough to join the camp in time to play against Denmark on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports, at which point he would undergo further coronavirus testing.


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After seeing off Wales 3-0 in Thursday’s friendly, England return to competitive action on Sunday against the world’s No 1-ranked side, Belgium. So how will Gareth Southgate refresh his line-up for this tough Nations League test?

The England manager has already made clear he will be rotating his starting XI throughout this triple-header of international games, but with Belgium England’s hardest opponents, and the result of the Wembley clash likely to be key to the Three Lions’ hopes of making the semi-finals for the second time in a row, he will surely be looking to field his strongest XI.

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