'That baffles me': Jack Grealish confused by 'crazy' decision involving Chelsea players - The Chelsea Chronicle

'That baffles me': Jack Grealish confused by 'crazy' decision involving Chelsea players

Jack Grealish was evidently puzzled by the exclusion of Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell from England’s latest European Championship tie.

Speaking after Gareth Southgate side’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic last night, Grealish was asked to comment about his teammates’ omission.

Mount and Chilwell missed the game because they were self-isolating.

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Both came into contact with Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for covid19, following England’s draw with Scotland last Friday.

All three of Chelsea’s stars were absent for their nation’s final group games that took place yesterday.

There was wide spread outrage and confusion after the news was announced.

Gary Neville said it was a ‘joke’, while Petr Cech called it ‘incomprehensible’.

Grealish doesn’t get it

Grealish shared their bemusement, questioning why none of the Scotland squad had been forced to isolate like Mount or Chilwell.  

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“Personally, from my point of view, I think it’s crazy how we haven’t got one positive case in our team and we’ve got two players isolating,” said the Aston Villa skipper.

“Scotland have got one positive case and they’ve got one person isolating. That baffles me a bit.

“It was a loss tonight not having Mace and Chilly. I’m sure they’ll be working hard.

“I’m sure they’ll be fit for the game next week. But like I said, it does baffle me a bit the way we’ve had to have two players isolating.”

Blues coming back

Chilwell and Mount will be available for the Three Lions’ round of 16 fixture next Tuesday, having spent six days segregated from the group.

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England edged past the Czechs without either of the Chelsea pair in attendance.

Gilmour’s competition came to an unfortunate end as Scotland were eliminated.

The Tartan Army certainly could have done with their midfielder maestro, as they lost 3-1 to Croatia.

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