In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Bull, who made 561 appearances for Wolves, reveals that he spoke to Conor Coady about how Covid-19 disrupted his England plans during the last camp.
This season has seen many players forced into self-isolation due to contracting the virus or just being in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid, which has led to many games being called off and rescheduled.
Many people claimed that international football shouldn’t be happening this season when players were jetting off last year when the United Kingdom was experiencing a second wave of Covid infections, as well as the compressed schedule players already have to deal with.
Speaking on what Coady was like when he was told he had to leave the England camp early and what it’s done to him, Bull told FFC:
“I spoke to Conor not long after Covid came back in and Conor had it and they pulled him out the England side.
“Gareth Southgate told him he was going to play in the game he was forced to miss and he was absolutely gutted because he had to self-isolate.
“He’ll be chomping at the bit to get out there whether he’s on the bench, starting or in the changing room. Conor just gets on with it and he keeps his mouth shut.”
Coady was called up to the previous squad but ended up missing the UEFA Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland respectively, as well as a friendly against the Republic of Ireland.
Southgate made a few big calls to cut certain players from his squad, which caused quite the storm on Twitter, especially from Michael Keane’s agent who labelled it ‘crazy’ that Coady was selected ahead of the Everton defender.