Croatia cancels plans to stay in St Andrews during Euro 2020 due to concerns over Covid rules

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Croatia cancels plans to stay in St Andrews during Euro 2020 due to concerns about self-isolation rules in Scotland, with Zlatko Dalic’s side staying at their training center in Rovinj except when traveling to matches

  • Croatia has canceled its plans to stay in St Andrews during Euro 2020
  • Zlatko Dalic’s side will be stationed at the training center in Rovinj, apart from travel
  • Croatia will take on England, the Czech Republic and Scotland in the group stage
  • In Scotland, anyone considered to be in close contact with a person who tests positive for coronavirus must self-isolate for 10 days
  • Read the latest Euro 2020 news here, including matches, live action and results.

Croatia has canceled its plans to stay in St Andrews during Euro 2020 due to concerns over self-isolation rules.

The 2018 World Cup finalists would have been based on Scotland’s east coast during the final, but will now stay at their training center in Rovinj, except when traveling to their matches.

A statement from the Croatian federation said the move followed a recommendation from tournament organizer UEFA.

Zlatko Dalic's Croatia has canceled their plans to be based in Scotland during Euro 2020

Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia has canceled their plans to be based in Scotland during Euro 2020

“The federation received a recommendation from UEFA to change the location of the team’s base camp due to the potential impact of Scotland’s Covid-19 rules on the national team’s daily routines,” the statement said.

“The federation was unwilling to risk the possibility of positive PCR results, which would result in a large proportion of the team and team personnel being issued mandatory self-isolation orders, so it has decided its original plan to have the team in St Andrews during the European Championships. ‘

In Scotland, anyone who is considered close contact of a person who tests positive must isolate themselves for 10 days from the last point of contact.

Dalic's side will now continue to train at their base in Rovinj, except when they are travelling

Dalic's side will now continue to train at their base in Rovinj, except when they are travelling

Dalic’s side will now continue to train at their base in Rovinj, except when they are travelling

Croatia national team coach Zlatko Dalic said: “Given the current circumstances, I think this is the best option for the team.

‘We know we will have excellent conditions here, the accommodation will be immaculate and the training ground will be of a high standard – in the limited time we had to make this decision, no other venue could guarantee us all of the above.

“We will do our best to keep the team isolated and at peace, but I’m sure the support from the Croatian fans here can only give us extra energy and motivation.

Croatia will face England, the Czech Republic and Scotland in the group stage of the tournament

Croatia will face England, the Czech Republic and Scotland in the group stage of the tournament

Croatia will face England, the Czech Republic and Scotland in the group stage of the tournament

“This is the best outcome we could have achieved in these strange times, and we now have a unique opportunity to spend this tournament domestically.”

Croatia will take on England at Wembley in their opening match on June 13, before taking on the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on June 18 and Scotland at the same venue on June 22.

The Czechs canceled their own plans to stay in Scotland on Saturday, also citing Covid-19 rules. They were booked to stay at the Scottish National Training Center in Oriam.

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