England Under-21’s friendly against Romania in Bucharest on Friday evening has been cancelled after two members of the group tested positive for coronavirus.
The game was due to be Lee Carsley’s first in charge of the team. The affected pair were isolated from the rest of the group immediately and there is no threat to Tuesday’s opening European Championship qualifier against Kosovo at Milton Keynes.
An FA statement read: “England men’s under-21s will no longer travel to play Romania on Friday after two positive COVID-19 tests were reported within the party of players and support staff.
“It has been decided to cancel the trip as a precaution and our thanks go to the Romanian Football Federation for their understanding.
“The individuals concerned were immediately isolated from the rest of the group, with the squad still based at St. George’s Park.
“The Young Lions’ focus will switch to preparing for next Tuesday’s home fixture with Kosovo at MK Dons to mark the start of qualifying for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.”
Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe and Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who is spending the campaign on loan at Crystal Palace, are among the big names in Carsley’s first Under-21 squad.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was a notable omission after choosing he wants to focus solely on breaking into Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side, while Mason Greenwood of Manchester United was left out because he is now considered part of Gareth Southgate’s senior set up.
The senior squad face Hungary in Budapest tonight, their first game after the heartbreaking Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
Source by Football London