Phillip Schofield blasted the debate over whether England footballers Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell need to isolate.
The pair came into close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour after the goalless draw on Friday, and Gilmour has since tested positive for coronavirus.
Despite negative test results, Mount and Chilwell have now been instructed to isolate until June 28 in line with government guidelines, meaning they are out of England’s final group game tonight against Czech Republic.
However, on today’s instalment of This Morning, Phillip questioned why the Scotland players were not asked to isolate over Gilmour’s positive result.
At the beginning of the discussion, Dr Ellie Cannon was introduced by explaining that the entire England squad should be isolating after Friday’s game.
Having none of it, the host began: ‘Why not the full Scottish team? Why not the whole stadium? Why don’t you shut it all down?
Phillip Schofield was fuming over the discussion (Picture: ITV)
Dr Ellie said patients told her they wouldn’t bother getting tested anymore (Picture: ITV)
‘Shut the fun down, shut the world down.’
Dr Ellie calmly replied: ‘I want the Euros to go ahead, I want the economy, we all need the happiness and the joy from the football.’
She explained that children are constantly having to isolate from school with one positive test, and are missing out on important milestones in terms of the curriculum, but there seems to be a different rule for footballers, which could leave members of the public ‘not bothering’ with rules.
‘It feels like there’s one rule for them, and one rule for us. What happens as a result of that is, people are not bothering anymore,’ she said.
‘I had lots of patients yesterday say to me, “No, I’m not going to get tested because I’m not going to isolate and I’m not going through this again.”’
Phillip then called out those who had ‘picked out’ Gilmour, Mount and Chilwell over the positive test, as well as a 25-minute conversation they reportedly had in the tunnel, insisting: ‘This tunnel conversation is irrelevant because you have all of them together in the dressing room beforehand and afterwards, coaching and all of that.
‘So it’s irrelevant to pick out three players.’
When Ellie agreed, Phil fumed: ‘If it’s irrelevant then why did you say at the very beginning, the England team should be in isolation?’
‘Because surely they’re all together in their changing rooms and they’ve all had close contact,’ she added. ‘Football is a close contact game, they’re all close to each other, so how can you say just the ones who have had a conversation are next to each other?
‘Surely they’ve all been together in changing rooms and all sorts of things?’
Viewers watching on from home were left unimpressed by the discussion, and flocked to Twitter to call out Phil’s response.
‘You’re encouraging people to disobey then Phil. Not very responsible is it? #ThisMorning,’ one said.
‘Did Phil actually just say that? Cancel everything? That wasn’t really the point they were getting at! #ThisMorning,’ another commented.
A Twitter user replied: ‘I don’t think blonde curly haired woman is impressed with what Phil is saying. He’s acting like he knows better even though she has direct experience. Stay in your lane Phil #ThisMorning.’
‘Phil appears to have a right one on him today … #ThisMorning,’ a fan added.
This Morning continues on weekdays, at 10am, on ITV.