Alan Browne: Ireland player tests positive for coronavirus after playing against England

Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for coronavirus, just hours after playing against England in Thursday night’s international friendly at Wembley.

The positive test result puts Gareth Southgate’s squad at an increase risk of a Covid-19 outbreak within the squad, with players set to be urgently tested following news of Browne’s confirmation.

A statement from the Football Association of Ireland read: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for Covid-19

“There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of Sunday’s Uefa Nations League against Wales in Cardiff.”

England are due to play Belgium on Sunday in a crucial Nations League encounter, before wrapping up the group stage next Wednesday.

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