Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount had his contribution in Euro 2020 temporarily scuppered having been forced into self isolation.
The young England man joined Ben Chilwell in remaining away from the rest of the Three Lions squad for a period of a week.
The pair had come into close contact with Chelsea colleague Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for coronavirus, following their reunion in England’s clash with Scotland.
As a result, they were made to train away from the rest of Gareth Southgate’s squad, even missing the final group game against the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium, whilst the two were also absent for the round of 16 tie against Germany.
Mount made his return to action for the Three Lions’ 4-0 humbling of Ukraine in Rome but Chilwell remained out.
The Chelsea man has revealed how difficult it was to be ruled out but was also clear on the pair’s motivation to return ready to make an impact.
Speaking on the Lions’ Den connected by EE, Mount said: “You never want to be away from the boys and isolating but it is what it is. Me and Chilly [Ben Chilwell] were just staying strong and doing as much as we could to stay fit and be ready when called upon to step up and perform.”
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Mount has so far played three matches at Euro 2020, notching an assist as he teed up Jordan Henderson to score from a corner.
He has another chance to impress on Wednesday in the Three Lions’ semi-final tie against Denmark at Wembley Stadium where he will be reunited with Blues teammate Andreas Christensen.