Ireland midfielder Browne tests positive for COVID-19 after England game

Soccer Football - International Friendly - England v Republic of Ireland - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - November 12, 2020 England's Dean Henderson saves a shot from Republic of Ireland's Alan Browne Pool via REUTERS/Nick Potts

(Reuters) - Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for COVID-19, less than a day after playing against England in Thursday’s friendly at Wembley Stadium.

Browne, 25, is the second Ireland player to test positive for the novel coronavirus this week after striker Callum Robinson missed the 3-0 defeat for the same reason.

"There are no close contacts of the player (Browne) and the rest of the staff & squad tested negative ahead of Sunday's UEFA Nations League against Wales in Cardiff," the Football Association of Ireland said on Twitter here on Friday.

Ireland, third in the Nations League B Group 4 with two points from four games, host bottom-placed Bulgaria next Wednesday after their game away to table-toppers Wales on Sunday.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge