Chelsea players Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell, and their pal and England teammate Jadon Sancho have all been dropped by the England national team for their friendly against Wales on Thursday.
This of course stems for the (surprise) birthday party for Tammy that they all attended on Saturday — well, surprise for Tammy, I suppose, but not the other two probably — which broke the UK government’s “rule of six” COVID-19 restriction.
While all three players have apologized for their lapse in judgement, they’ve been advised by The FA to stay away from the England squad for now, which means that they will have missed the mandatory coronavirus testing for Thursday’s friendly.
In effect, they’ve been dropped.
To make matters worse, as per Sky Sports, it’s unclear if they will be recalled in time to get tested for the Nations League matches this weekend and next week, or if England boss Gareth Southgate even wants to recall them in the first place for what are at the end of the day just glorified friendlies. Perhaps he’ll use it as an opportunity to set an example for the rest of the squad, especially as this is now the second consecutive international break that England players have flouted the COVID rules.
While we can look at them missing the internationals as a blessing in disguise in terms of their fitness for Chelsea’s upcoming matches, obviously this isn’t a great situation overall, both personally and professionally.