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Kante, Giroud called up by France for Nations League amid quarantine concerns

Can we just not?

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A third of the Chelsea first-team are currently in quarantine, and that number could remain high after the upcoming international break, which UEFA have insisted on holding even as other associations have postponed their games.

N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud are two of the latest to have gotten the call to jet around Europe in the time of (once again) increasing COVID-19 concerns, joining Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham (England), Antonio Rüdiger and Timo Werner (and Havertz, too; Germany), Andreas Christensen (Denmark), Ethan Ampadu (Wales), and Kepa Arrizabalaga (Spain).

France and Spain are currently on the list of countries from where travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK. Switzerland, where Germany are set to play, is set to be added to that list in a couple days as well. There may be other countries affected as well; I didn’t check exhaustively.

UEFA have “urged” the various member associations to apply for exemptions from their national governments, but it’s unclear if the UK will make that allowance. The optics would not play well, to say the least, and that’s before weighing up the actual concerns of infection.

Three days ago, FIFA have adjusted their guidelines to make these player-releases non-mandatory for the upcoming international window. Maybe we should take advantage of this allowance (unless a player insists of prioritizing their national team, which some might do, like, say, backup striker Olivier Giroud).

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