Rashford and Conor Coady OUT of England's games with Belgium and Iceland clash 1

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Gareth Southgate praised ruthless England as they dispatched of Republic of Ireland – but will be without Conor Coady for Sunday’s crucial clash in Belgium following a Covid scare.

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In a further blow Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford will also be unavailable for the clash in Leuven after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.

Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the goals as Gareth Southgate’s men strolled to victory at Wembley.

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But their victory was tempered as it emerged that Coady will miss Sunday’s crucial Nations League clash against world No 1 side Belgium after being contacted by the NHS’ Test and Trace alert service to inform he had inadvertently come into contact with somebody who had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the training camp.

The Wolves defender has returned two negative tests as part of the FA and UEFA’s protocol but, in line with UK Government guidelines, must self-isolate.

Coady and Rashford – who will also miss next week’s clash against Iceland – were both set to start against Roberto Martinez’s side.

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‘It’s disappointing to lose both. Conor’s is just this bizarre world we live in today,’ said Southgate, who said he is unlikely to name any replacements.

‘It’s a great disappointment for him, he has made such big impact and he has loved it with us.’

On the performance, Southgate said: ‘I was really pleased with the way the boys played, a lot of young players, a lot of inexperience but we used the ball well and created chances.

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‘We could have been more comfortable but overall really pleased.

‘We were a bit slow at the start but that is understandable, it is not a team with a lot of time to work together so the longer they went on the interplay was very good especially down the left side with Bukayo [Saka] and Jack [Grealish] and then Mason [Mount]. I was very pleased.’

On the prospect of playing Scotland at the Euros, Southgate added: That will give everybody something to look forward to, let’s hope it’s with full crowds.’

 

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