PICTURED: England stars break coronavirus rules AGAIN as Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham ignore ‘Rule of Six’ with 20 people attending birthday party at Chelsea striker’s home
- Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell surprised Tammy Abraham for his 23rd birthday
- About 20 people attended the party at the Chelsea forward’s mansion in London
- The FA have said there will be no changes to the England squad ‘at this stage’
- They face Wales on Thursday – every squad member will be tested for COVID-19
- The incident comes after Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden broke strict coronavirus-bubble rules last month in Iceland
- They have been told to stay away from the England squad until they have been tested separately
England trio Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham have been caught flouting Covid-19 regulations during a party on Saturday night.
The trio are still set to meet up for international duty at St George’s Park this afternoon ahead of the forthcoming games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark, despite images of them attending Abraham’s surprise 23rd birthday party emerging on Sunday night.
Their arrival will be delayed however as a precaution to find out if there is any risk to the wider group – they will take their tests separately – and for England bosses to find out more about the gathering on Saturday night.
It is claimed in The Sun that the England players were at the gathering of around 20 people, which clearly breaks Government regulations that state people cannot mix in groups of more than six, with fines of up to £10,000 applicable if rules are breached.
Tammy Abraham (left), Jadon Sancho (right) and Ben Chilwell attended a party on Saturday
Chilwell is pictured laughing and joking with Abraham, celebrating the striker’s 23rd birthday
England boss Gareth Southgate has another headache to now deal with after the incident
Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden (pictured) sneaked girls into their hotel room in Iceland, breaking the team’s anti-Covid-19 bubble
The party took place just hours after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in which Chilwell and Abraham featured.
Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho – who missed his club’s game this weekend with a respiratory illness while testing negative for Covid – is in England ahead of meeting up with his international team-mates today.
But the trio’s involvement in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the forthcoming games have been cast under a shadow as footage of the party appeared on social media.
Abraham issued an apology on Sunday night, saying: ‘I arrived home to find a small surprise gathering.
‘Though I was totally unaware this was planned, I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for the naivety shown for the organisation and attending of this gathering.
Abraham, Chilwell and Sancho’s (L-R) involvement in the England squad is under a shadow
All I can do now is learn from it, apologise to everyone and ensure it never happens again.’
The threesome, alongside their England team-mates, will undergo Covid tests upon arrival at the national football centre today and no decision will be made on their ongoing involvement until the results are known.
The FA will confirm any squad withdrawals in due course, but may not confirm the reasons why.
Nevertheless, the party poses another headache for manager Southgate, who was beset by off the field problems during the previous international break.
Abraham has apologised for the surprise birthday bash on Saturday at his house in London
The England manager had already planned to remind all his players of their responsibilities at a team meeting on Monday night after he was forced to axe Harry Maguire from his squad following allegations of a violent altercation with Greek police before booting youngsters Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden out his squad after the pair invited two girls back to the team hotel following the win over Iceland.
And Saturday’s party involving his players will only serve to disrupt his side’s preparations for this week’s matches – the first of which against Wales takes place on Thursday at Wembley.
Southgate is set to discuss the issue with the three players before deciding if any disciplinary measures are necessary.
Greenwood and Foden were dropped from the squad last week following the Iceland incident