England vs Italy friendly in doubt after Rugani tests positive for coronavirus

England's Euro 2020 warm-up against Italy at the end of this month has been thrown into further doubt after Juventus defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus.

Juventus confirmed on Wednesday that Italy international Rugani had tested positive for Covid-19.

The Italian giants said the 25-year-old had not shown any symptoms of the virus, but Rugani has now been quarantined in a bid to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to his Juve teammates.

The news piles more pressure on the FA over England's upcoming friendly against against Italy, which is set to take place at Wembley on March 27.

Football Association bosses have insisted England’s friendlies will go ahead – even though games are being postponed and cancelled across Europe amid the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

The FA tweeted out a message to all supporters saying there was no reason to believe the Wembley clashes against Italy and Denmark would not go ahead. The Denmark game is due to take place on March 31.

But Italy’s other forthcoming friendly in Germany on March 31 will be behind closed doors, and their trip to Wembley could yet be played without fans or postponed.

Now with the news of Rugani's positive test, there will be increasing calls to call off England's friendly against the Azzurri.

However, the FA remain hopeful the Denmark game will go ahead with Gareth Southgate due to name his England squad next week and plans still in place for the games even though players have been expecting them to be called off.

Several of Rugani's Juventus team-mates also represent Italy and will now have to go through checks for coronavirus.

Rugani played in matches against Brescia and SPAL in February and was on the bench for Sunday's home game against Inter Milan.

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