Also on rt.com
Southgate’s warning comes as Chilwell, Abraham and Sancho broke the government’s so-called “Rule of 6,” which prohibits large indoor gatherings while attending a birthday party for Abraham last weekend.
The players have been forced to delay their entry to the squad due to the potential risk of infection, but Southgate says the time off will give them time to consider their actions.
“In terms of a few days off, I’m not sure that’s what any of those players wanted,” he said.
“They are missing the opportunity to play for England. They may well depending on assessment of symptoms or testing, if they are not back with us before Friday, and that’s difficult to gauge those timelines, then they will miss Sunday’s game as well. So that affects the team and affects them really.”