There was a massive scare for Gareth Southgate's England side on Friday after Ireland midfielder Alan Browne tested positive for Covid-19, hours after playing against England in Thursday’s friendly at Wembley Stadium.
Browne played the full 90 minutes at Wembley and seemed perfectly well during the game on Thursday night. However, in a mandatory test on Friday morning his test result came out to be positive. He has been isolated from the rest of the group ahead of Ireland's Nations League fixture against Wales in Cardiff on Sunday.
The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for COVID-19— FAIreland (@FAIreland) November 13, 2020
There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff & squad tested negative ahead of Sunday's UEFA Nations League against Wales in Cardiff#COYBIG pic.twitter.com/Llpde9apHo
Meanwhile regarding Browne's positive test, a Football Association of Ireland statement said: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for COVID-19.
“The player has been isolated from the group as per COVID-19 protocols, and the HSE and UEFA have been informed of this development.
“There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff & squad tested negative ahead of Sunday's UEFA Nations League fixture against Wales in Cardiff.”
Browne, 25, is the second Ireland player to test positive for Covid-19 this week after striker Callum Robinson, who missed the game on Thursday. England beat Ireland 3-0 in the match.
The England squad did undergo Covid-19 testing on Friday morning as part of UEFA's normal protocols, according to reports, ahead of Sunday's game in Belgium and now face an anxious wait for the results.
The news now puts in doubt England’s clash on Wednesday against Iceland, which was given special permission by the UK government to host the game despite a travel ban for their opponents.
If they were not given an exemption to the ban, the FA would have been forced to find a neutral venue to stage the game or risk forfeiting.
But the government later confirmed that Icelandic players will be allowed in without needing to self-isolate.