Ben Chilwell ‘ruled out England’s match against Belgium on Sunday due to non-Covid related illness’ after missing Wales clash following ‘Rule of Six’ breach during birthday party at Tammy Abraham’s home

Ben Chilwell will miss England’s game against Belgium on Sunday due to a non-Covid related illness, as reported by Sky Sports

Chilwell was absent for the victory against Wales on Thursday after he was barred from entering the England camp along with Tammy Abraham and Sancho.

The three players attended a surprise birthday party for Abraham at the Chelsea stiriker’s flat last weekend, with the gathering having around 20 guests, therefore breaching the ‘Rule of Six’ put in place by the Government.  

Following England’s 3-0 win against Wales, manager Gareth Southgate said that Chilwell, Sancho and Abraham would be permitted to link up with the squad if they passed a UEFA-mandated coronavirus test.

While Sancho and Abraham have taken the test, Chilwell’s reintegration into the squad has been delayed further still due to a non-Covid related illness. 

The party at Abraham’s flat took place just hours after Chelsea’s win against Crystal Palace last Saturday in which the striker and Chilwell were both involved.

Abraham issued an apology last Sunday, 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.

All I can do now is learn from it, apologise to everyone and ensure it never happens again.’ 

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