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FA Seek Permission for Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell to Participate in Socially Distanced Training

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Mount and Chilwell had self-isolate after coming into 'close contact' with Scotland's Billy Gilmour
Mount and Chilwell had self-isolate after coming into 'close contact' with Scotland's Billy Gilmour / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
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The Football Association have requested permission from Public Health England to allow Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell to participate in socially-distanced training before their side's last-16 clash next week.

Mount and Chilwell were forced to quarantine following Gilmour's positive test result. The Chelsea trio were pictured hugging following England's 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley on Friday night. Chilwell and Mount will also have to quarantine, despite twice providing negative Covid test results since.

However, Three Lions' boss Gareth Southgate has not given up on the Chelsea pair playing some part in next Tuesday's last-16 clash with Germany at Wembley. According to the Daily Mail, the FA are exploring a precedent set by the Premier League amid the coronavirus outbreak when players were allowed to train in small groups under strict supervision.

Southgate has admitted that it will be "very complicated" for the pair to feature against Joachim Lowe's side, but refused to rule them out completely.

"We think the quarantine ends midnight of match day," England manager Southgate said on BBC Radio 5 Live after England's win over the Czech Republic.

"What we don't know is how much training they can do and what might be possible. They can obviously train individually and we think there might be a period where they can train in groups distanced, but I'm not sure they can join in the whole group. So the reality is it's really complicated for them to start in the game next week."

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