Gareth Southgate tested positive for coronavirus but kept secret from England squad

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Gareth Southgate suffered from coronavirus last month (Photo: Getty Images)

England manager Gareth Southgate tested positive for coronavirus and was suffering from symptoms of the virus last month, but didn’t tell his players because he didn’t want to make a fuss.

The 50-year-old was forced to self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive and eventually produced a negative result.

The Sun reports that the positive test came around 25 October, allowing him to isolate himself at his home in Yorkshire before joining his England squad for the current international break.

Isolation only prevented Southgate from attending some Premier League matches in late October and early November.

The England boss was back in action after testing negative in time to announce his current squad at a Zoom press conference on November 5.

A source told The Sun: “He’s a professional, he just got along. Fortunately, he is in great shape for his age.

England returned to victory under Southgate on Friday beating the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley.

They are back in the Nations League away action in Belgium on Sunday before facing Iceland on Wednesday, with the Three Lions likely to win both games for a chance to advance to the semi-finals. .

Southgate knows Belgium will be a tough job on Sunday, but believes in his team, having beaten the Red Devils last month.

Asked how tall the Belgians are, he said: “Well I think we know – they lost two games in 28 so they’re a fantastic team and they’ve proven it over a long period. .

But our goal is to be the best team in the world and we have to hunt down those teams.

“We were able to do it at Wembley. I think we’ve seen how some of the best they are, so we know we have to be our best with and without the ball to get that result.

“It will be the same tomorrow but we are not afraid. We have to come into the game with a very positive mindset.

“We know we can hurt teams, we have players who can score goals and we know we’ve conceded two in our last nine games, so we’re an improving team.

“We are a team that will improve over the next few years.

“You know when you look at the ages of youngsters like Declan (Rice) and the team that was on the pitch the other night (against the Republic of Ireland) – 19, 17, several 20, 21 .

“The future is so exciting. What we need to do is make sure that we are getting results and that we are also making progress now.

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