England could be forced to play their Nations League clash with Iceland at a neutral venue because of the latest coronavirus restrictions.
And Premier League clubs are joining together to stop any of their stars reporting up for international duty which could see them having to quarantine for 14 days.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate expects to learn in the next few days whether England’s game with Iceland on Wednesday, November 18, can go ahead in light of the latest travel restrictions across Europe.
The issue has arisen because the Government has put a travel ban on Denmark which does not include any elite sport exemption. Denmark’s new restrictions were put in place this weekend over a new strain of the virus mutating from mink farms in the country.
England’s game with Iceland is in jeopardy because Iceland are due to play in Denmark three days earlier which could then mean they could not travel to Wembley.
It could also cause chaos in the Premier League because Leicester ’s Kasper Schmeichel, Chelsea's Andreas Christensen, Tottenham midfielder Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Southampton ’s Jannick Vestergaard are all due to join up with the Denmark squad next week.
Those clubs are set to stop players going if they have to self isolate for 14 days and miss games for their clubs and they will get support from across the Premier League with clubs infuriated by the international call-ups and fears over their players.
It could mean that Denmark play all of their games in a neutral venue which was UEFA’s original contingency plan to allow the Nations League to go ahead and therefore England’s clash with Iceland could go ahead at Wembley as planned.
But there would still be an issue for Danish-based players who came into contact with team mates and Iceland players and therefore the Football Association are waiting on further clarification.
The Government moved quickly to impose the travel ban which extends to people “moving through” Denmark and “there will be no exemptions to this travel policy” as ships and lorry drivers – previously exempt – are banned from coming or must self isolate.
Football Association chiefs are now waiting on further clarification from the Government but hope the game could either go ahead in a neutral venue or an elite sport bubble system could be established.
Liverpool are also due to play Danish side Midtjylland in the Champions League in Denmark on December 9.
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