England have become involved in a fresh COVID scare after a Sky Sports reporter tested positive at St George’s Park.
According to Sportsmail, a journalist at the England training base tested positive for the virus and was asked to leave the premises, along with a cameraman.
The latest scare comes with Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell still self-isolating after close contact with Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour days before he tested positive.
A Sky Sports spokesperson said: “A reporter is isolating in a hotel and awaiting the result of a PCR test.
“The camera operative tested negative and has left St George’s Park to self-isolate.”
Medical staff identified media as a potential risk to England’s biosecure bubble ahead of the tournament, meaning there has been no contact with the press from comms officers who work directly with the England squad.
The positive test on the site of England’s preparations to take on Germany in the last 16 at Wembley on Tuesday adds another element of disruption.
Chilwell and Mount are already out of the game as they self-isolate for 10 days following a lengthy chat with Gilmour deemed close contact after being reported to Public Health England.
They both missed the 1-0 win over the Czech Republic which ensured England finished top of Group B and face a race against time to be ready for the quarter-finals, if England qualify.
A statement from the FA before the final group game read: “We can confirm that Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount must isolate up to and including next Monday [28 June].
“This decision has been taken in consultation with Public Health England.
“The pair were confirmed overnight as close contacts of Scotland’s Billy Gilmour after his positive test following last Friday’s match.
“Chilwell and Mount will isolate and train individually in private areas at England’s training base St. George’s Park, with the rest of the squad returning there after tonight’s fixture against Czech Republic at Wembley.
“We will continue to follow all Covid-19 protocols and the UEFA testing regime, while remaining in close contact with PHE.
“The entire England squad and staff had lateral flow tests on Monday and all were again negative, as was the case with Sunday’s UEFA pre-match PCR tests.
“Further tests will be carried out as and when appropriate.”
England boss Gareth Southgate has spoken to his players about the need to be more cautious but admitted earlier this week he can do little but hope there is no outbreak.
Southgate said: “We know these things can appear four or five days down the line. That’s what we’ve been living with all year.
“We’ve been living on edge with that for the whole season. Every round of testing you’re wondering if you’re going to have to make a change to your team.”