Republic of Ireland player tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of England friendly

FAI says West Brom forward Callum Robinson is "asymptomatic and feeling well"; Republic of Ireland squad and staff all tested negative; Stephen Kenny's side face England in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday evening

Callum Robinson
Image: Callum Robinson has 15 caps and one goal for the Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland forward Callum Robinson is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus ahead of the friendly against England on Thursday.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) confirmed an unnamed player had tested positive on Tuesday evening, saying he was "asymptomatic and feeling well".

The rest of the squad and staff members all tested negative, with the FAI confirming the player had no close contacts in the group.

"The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that one member of the senior men's international team has tested positive for COVID-19," a statement said.

Stephen Kenny
Image: Stephen Kenny has been Republic of Ireland manager since April

"The player has been isolated from the group as per COVID-19 protocols, and UEFA have been informed of this development. The player is asymptomatic and feeling well.

"There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of Thursday's international friendly against England."

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The friendly match between England and the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Thursday was arranged after New Zealand withdrew from the original scheduled fixture with Gareth Southgate's side.

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England will travel to Belgium on November 15 and are scheduled to play at home against Iceland on November 18 in their last two Nations League fixtures.

The Republic of Ireland will travel to Wales for their Nations League clash on Sunday before hosting Bulgaria in Dublin three days later.

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