Euro 2020 LIVE: Mount and Chilwell self-isolate LATEST, England vs Czech Republic build up, Three Lions qualify

EURO 2020 is rolling on at pace as we reach the conclusion of the group stages!

England, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Wales and Denmark are all through to the knockout rounds.

While all eyes will be on Scotland tonight as they face Croatia in a must-win clash to have any hope of advancing.

England – who face Czech Republic tonight – will have to do with Chelsea stars Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.

Both players will have to self-isolate until June 28, having come into contact with club team-mate Billy Gilmour after the Three Lions' draw with Scotland on Friday night.

Gilmour, who won man of the match for his stunning performance at Wembley, has since tested positive for coronavirus following the game.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    MOUR PLEASE

    Jose Mourinho thinks Bruno Fernandes has gone missing for Portugal and wants more from the Manchester United star, writes SUNNI UPAL.

    Ex-Red Devils boss Mourinho said the 26-year-old 'was not there' in the first two matches against Hungary and Germany.

    And Mourinho, who is writing for The Sun this summer, wants the Red Devils creative genius to show up in Portugal's huge clash with France on Wednesday.

    He said on talkSPORT: "Portugal at its highest level can beat anyone.

    "But we need to play with eleven players, in these two matches Bruno Fernandes was on the pitch but not playing.

    "I hope he turns up against France, because he's a player with incredible potential.

    "He can pass, he can score. He can get penalties, he can score penalties, he can score free-kicks.

    "He has a lot to give, but the reality is in these two matches he was not there."

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    SOUTHGATE BACKS KANE

    Gareth Southgate has backed his England captain Harry Kane ahead of tonight's game against the Czech Republic.

    Speaking to the press on Monday night, he said: "He’s been our best player, our most influential and our most important player for a long period of time.

    "Of course there have been moments when others, like Raheem [Sterling], have been critical for us in terms of goals but Harry has consistently been our best goal scorer.  

    “His record since we’ve been in charge is phenomenal and he’s a hugely important figure for us.” 

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    ATTACK

    England legend Gary Lineker has called on the Three Lions to ‘play to win’.

    The former footballer turned pundit also said: “If you’re scared of playing France/Germany you’ve got no chance of winning the tournament anyway.”

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    THREE LIONS

    In the last game, Southgate shaped up with a 4-2-3-1 against Scotland.

    Pickford; James, Stones, Mings, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Mount, Foden, Sterling; Kane.

    How many changes do you think Southgate will make tonight?

    Main man Mount is out for tonight's game isolating after coming into close contact with Scotland's Gilmour last Friday – so there's one already!

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    ROAD TO WEMBLEY

    England are into the knockout stages of Euro 2020, but it's who we face that matters!

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    GIL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL 

    England are smarting after Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were forced into isolation, writes SAM STREET.

    The pair were pinged as close contacts by Public Health England after Scotland’s Billy Gilmour tested positive for Coronavirus.

    Yet none of Gilmour’s Scotland team-mates have been asked to isolate ahead of their final game with Croatia.

    Ironically, English regulations have saved Scotland from self-isolation while punishing the Three Lions.

    The reason no Scotland players have to isolate is because Public Health England have not identified any of them as “close contacts” to Gilmour.

    According to NHS England, a close contact means “close face-to-face contact” (under one metre) for any length of time, including talking to somebody or coughing towards them.

    Close contact can also mean being within two metres of somebody for more than 15 minutes or travelling in a small vehicle with them.

    After Public Health England reviewed footage of Mount, Chilwell and Gilmour from the Wembley tunnel after England and Scotland played out a 0-0 draw, they found the three players had been in conversation for 22 minutes.

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    TEAM NEWS: CROATIA VS SCOTLAND

    Croatia are waiting to see if Rangers’ left-back Borna Barisic will be available after missing his side’s first two games due to a back injury, writes SANDRA BROBBEY.

    Meanwhile it is thought Scotland could look to bring Scott McTominay back into midfield to replace Gilmour and draft Liam Cooper or Jack Hendry in defence. 

    Other midfield options include Stuart Armstrong who put in a decent shift against England alongside Che Adams after coming on as a second-half sub. 

    And Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, and Duje Caleta-Car could also miss out on a last-16 clash if they pick up cautions. 

    Scotland duo McGinn and O’Donnell (Scotland) will be suspended if they are booked.

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    JACK ‘N THRILL

    Jose Mourinho has called on England manager Gareth Southgate to start Jack Grealish.

    In an exclusive with The Sun, Mourinho said: “England look like a shy team, so they need Jack Grealish against the Czech Republic tonight.

    “He looks like he has always been on that stage.

    “The guy is brave. The guy never played a European match for his club but he arrives in the national team and  is fearless.

    “He risks. He gambles. He loses the ball. He creates. He kicks people. People kick him. He creates instability in opponents.

    “And he wins free-kicks.

    “You win free-kicks in wide areas then you go with Harry Maguire or Tyrone Mings or John Stones and Harry Kane — and England are powerful on set-pieces.

    “England looked a shy team against Scotland because they were a team without that thing that Grealish has.

    “I don’t like comparing players — and Luis Figo was at a different level — but Grealish is like Figo in that he’ll demand the ball.

  • Joshua Mbu

    CZECH MATE

    West Ham’s Declan Rice will collide with club team-mates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal when England host the Czech Republic tonight.

    Rice and Soucek have formed a formidable partnership for West Ham in the heart of their midfield.

    The England international, Rice, sits and protects the back four or five depending on David Moyes’ set-up.

    And Soucek gets forward into the opposition penalty area and wreaks havoc.

    The towering Czech midfielder scored an impressive ten non-penalty league goals from defensive midfield last season, helping West Ham qualify for the Europa League.

    To put that into context, that’s more non-penalty goals than Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes (9).

    Coufal also had a fine campaign for West Ham, proving hard to beat in defence and chipped in with seven assists in the league.

    The right-back also provided the assist for Patrik Schick’s opener against Scotland.

    The Czech pair have a message for their team-mate Rice!

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    TEAM NEWS: ENGLAND VS CZECH REPUBLIC

    Czech Republic don’t have any injury concerns to worry about and will come into the game fresh, ready and raring to go.

    Patrik Schick is set to start again while Alex Kral could play in midfield for the Czechs.

    Jack Grealish may finally get his start for England but don’t be surprised to see Gareth Southgate stick with the same front four.

    Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire could also feature for the Three Lions, having both recovered from injury.

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    HEALTH CZECH

    Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have been placed into ten-day isolation – meaning they will miss tonight's clash with Czech Republic AND likely England's last-16 game, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    The Chelsea pair have been deemed to be close contacts of Scotland star Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for Covid-19.

    The FA say they have taken the advice of Public Health England but this morning were left with no choice but to send them back to St George's Park.

    Though the entire Scotland squad has been cleared to continue playing, the FA were pointed to strict PHE guidelines which state if a person has close contact for more than 15 minutes, then they have to isolate.

    It was deemed the conversation Mount and Chilwell had with Gilmour in the tunnel after Friday's Group D draw was enough to enact those guidelines.

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