England’s Mason Mount ready to start against Germany despite isolation

  • Mount and Chilwell cannot train with squad before Tuesday
  • Gareth Southgate faces selection dilemma for last-16 game

Mason Mount is confident he will be ready to start England’s last-16 tie against Germany, even though he and Ben Chilwell will not be allowed to rejoin their teammates until the day of the game.

The Football Association had looked into whether Mount and Chilwell could take part in socially distanced outdoor training with the rest of the squad during the buildup to Tuesday’s match against Germany at Wembley, only to find that the pair cannot leave their isolation until midnight on Monday.

Mount and Chilwell are in quarantine after being deemed close contacts of Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who returned a positive Covid test last Monday. They have been training individually and suggestions they could take part in preparations by working with other players, possibly in small groups, have not led anywhere. The FA is continuing to follow guidelines stating that Mount and Chilwell must stay away from the group.

The Chelsea duo, who were forced to miss England’s victory over the Czech Republic last Tuesday, have not been in full training since last Monday and Gareth Southgate has a tough decision over whether to bring them back. There is a particular focus on Mount given he started England’s first two group games and was going to play against the Czechs. The manager, who is likely to pick Luke Shaw instead of Chilwell at left-back, values the 22-year-old’s tactical intelligence and would love to have him available.

The dilemma is that Mount and Chilwell, who was due to make his first appearance of the tournament against the Czech Republic, will not be able to participate in any shape work, although they can take part in team meetings via video call.

Mason Mount

Mount’s fitness is not a concern. The youngster made 54 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season and is one of the most durable players in the England squad. He has been maintaining his physical condition during individual sessions and he is optimistic that he will not be too rusty to play.

Mount’s energy and ability could be vital against Germany, who started with a central midfield of Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gündogan during their group matches. Kroos struggled to deal with Mount’s pace when Chelsea beat Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The positive for Southgate is that he is not short of options in attacking midfield. Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka impressed after coming in against the Czech Republic and Phil Foden is in contention to return.


Jacob Steinberg

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