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England coach Gareth Southgate appealed to the nation to “get back on track” in its fight against the coronavirus, using three of his misbehaving players as an example of the growing “disharmony” that has developed amid the pandemic.


England players Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho attended a party this past weekend — in contravention of the British government’s coronavirus guidelines — and will now miss the friendly against Wales on Thursday as they await the results of COVID-19 tests.


Southgate was let down by two other players in the last international break, when youngsters Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were dropped from the England squad for breaching coronavirus restrictions by meeting women from outside the team’s bio-secure bubble in Iceland.


England is currently battling a second wave of the virus that has seen areas of the country return to lockdown, and Southgate is urging footballers to do their bit to help the nation get through the pandemic.


Southgate said they were in the process of being tested so “obviously miss the game with Wales.” If they are unable to start training by Friday, they will be ruled out of the Nations League qualifier against Belgium on Sunday, which also will be staged at Wembley Stadium.


Southgate was also concerned the recent off-field incidents would affect the squad’s connection with the fans that improved amid England’s run to the 2018 World Cup semifinals.






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