England concerns as Alan Browne tests positive for Covid-19 after Ireland win

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England have been left worried after Ireland player Alan Browne tested positive for Covid-19 following their win at Wembley.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes as the Three Lions saw off their British rivals 3-0.

After his positive test, the Preston North End man has been isolated from the rest of the group, who have Nations League games against Wales and Bulgaria coming up.

But it led to fears of whether there could be potential cases in the England squad, with a trip to Belgium coming up on Sunday.

While they are set to face Iceland at Wembley after the FA were given special permission to host the game, despite a travel ban in the country.

Gareth Southgate’s men, though, have undergone Covid-19 testing and now face a 24-hour wait to find out the results.

The football Association of Ireland said in a statement: “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.”

Brown will have to self-isolate for 10 days, according to government guidelines, which means he will miss the Nations League matches as well as Preston’s clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

He is not the first Irish player to test positive for Covid-19 this week as West Brom’s Callum Robinson was forced to miss the England loss.

And they had to withdraw four players from the squad after losing the Euro play-off semi-final to Slovakia last month.

It comes as Southgate has laid into organisations such as FIFA, UEFA and the Premier League for failing players with a heavy fixture list.

While battling Covid-19 regulations and injuries, though, the England boss has shown himself to be the man for the job.

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