Raheem Sterling greets his family after England's win over Germany
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England’s players have been warned not to hug loved ones in the Wembley crowd if they reach the European Championship final after Raheem Sterling celebrated with his son following their historic win over Germany.
Telegraph Sport can reveal Euro 2020 organisers have reminded Gareth Southgate’s side of strict rules around bubbles in place to prevent the tournament being wrecked by coronavirus, which include teams having no contact with family and friends.
Those rules have been flouted on multiple occasions during this summer’s championship, culminating in wild celebrations by Italy’s players following their quarter-final win over Belgium on Friday night.
England have already fallen foul of Government Covid-19 rules after Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were forced to quarantine for 10 days for spending too long speaking to Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, their team-mate at Chelsea, just before he tested positive for the virus.
But that did not prevent Sterling plucking son Thiago from the crowd after their 2-0 last-16 win against Germany, despite a Wembley steward appearing to try to stop him doing so.
There were no such issues with England’s 4-0 quarter-final thrashing of Ukraine in Rome on Saturday because UK citizens were effectively banned from travelling to the game.
Family first! ❤️
🤗 @Sterling7 @England | #Euro2020 pic.twitter.com/VghR4pZSJJ
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 29, 2021
But the Three Lions are now back at Wembley for their semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday night and reaching a first major final since the 1966 World Cup would usually see family and friends join in the celebrations.
The UK is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, which public health experts have linked with Euro 2020.
Data from Public Health Scotland published last week showed there were almost 2,000 people who attended a tournament-related event while infected with the virus.
The Duchess of Cambridge is also self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for Covid.
She had attended the Germany game with her husband and Prince George and also went to Wimbledon three days later.