Roy Keane says that Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have no excuses after entering self-isolation following their chat with Billy Gilmour.
England’s Euro 2020 plans took a hit on Tuesday after it emerged that Chelsea pair Mount and Chilwell had breached Covid-19 protocols. After their Blues colleague and Scotland midfielder Gilmour tested positive for coronavirus following last Friday’s 0-0 draw between the sides, the hunt started to locate any close contacts.
As a result, Mount and Chilwell – who had spoken to the midfielder for 120 seconds more than the regulations allow – are now self-isolating.
They will remain in isolation for 10 days and will likely miss England’s Euro 2020 last 16 clash.
For Scotland, the consequences are much less far-reaching; while Gilmour missed Scotland’s 3-1 defeat to Croatia, the result dumped Steve Clarke’s men out of the tournament.
Nevertheless, Keane insisted that Chilwell and Mount have questions to answer over their actions.
“I think the only thing I’d be critical of is why would you want to speak to an opposition player – I don’t care if he’s your team-mate or not – for over 20 minutes?” the pundit told ITV Sport.
“I very rarely speak to anybody for over five minutes.
“After a game where you’ve just been to war against somebody, why you’d want to chat to somebody for that long.
“They could have used a bit more common sense.”
Asked by presenter Mark Pougatch if he spent more than five minutes with his wife, Keane replied: “Never.”
The rest of England’s squad – and Scotland’s camp – have all been left unaffected.
England unaffected during Czechs win
England also brushed off the development as they beat the Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley to top Group D.
Raheem Sterling netted his second goal of the tournament – and his second winner – as Gareth Southgate’s men booked a last 16 date against Germany, Portugal or France.
Jack Grealish stepped in for Mount and notched the assist for Sterling’s header.