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England World Cup hopes dashed as five players refuse Covid vaccine

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World Cup hopes for England have been hit by five players who showed Covid vaccine red card and refuse to be stung

  • Five English players refuse to get the Covid vaccine, it is alleged
  • Three of the anti-vaxx players are senior squad members who played at Euros
  • Qatar World Cup organizers plan to ban unvaccinated players from participating










England’s hopes of winning the 2022 World Cup have been dashed as five players have been found to refuse to get the Covid jab.

A source told The Sun that at least five England players are refusing to be vaccinated with three senior squad members among the rebels.

One footballer claimed he was too “young and fit” to be negatively affected by the virus, while another player reportedly believes anti-vaxx “conspiracy theories” about the vaccine.

The rest of the players are said to have been ‘pressured’ not to get the shot by their wives or girlfriends who are against the vaccine.

Gareth Southgate (pictured) hopes of winning the 2022 World Cup have been dashed as at least five English players have been found to refuse to get the Covid jab

However, with the World Cup organizers planning to ban all unvaccinated players from competing in Qatar next year, coach Gareth Southgate will have to decide whether to try to convince the players to take jabs or face the prospect to let them out.

Three of the players are senior team members who were part of England’s build-up to the European Championship final this summer.

England are on track to qualify for the World Cup this month if they beat Andorra and Hungary, but players who do not take a Covid jab will not be able to join the team in Qatar.

Despite the possibility of being banned from the World Cup, the players reportedly “refuse to change course” and anti-vaxx arguments are discussed extensively in players’ locker rooms and in Whatsapp groups.

According to The Sun, a club doctor said, “Some of the things they read — and believe — on the internet are unbelievable.

“Players say it will make them sterile, that it’s part of a conspiracy involving Bill Gates, that the pandemic is just propaganda.”

Of the five England players who refuse to be vaccinated, three are senior team members who played at Euro 2020 this summer (Wembley Stadium pictured)

Of the five England players who refuse to be vaccinated, three are senior team members who played at Euro 2020 this summer (Wembley Stadium pictured)

One footballer claimed he was too 'young and fit' to be negatively affected by the virus, while another player reportedly believes anti-vaxx 'conspiracy theories' about the vaccine

One footballer claimed he was too ‘young and fit’ to be negatively affected by the virus, while another player reportedly believes anti-vaxx ‘conspiracy theories’ about the vaccine

This comes after Sportsmail revealed widespread opposition to vaccines among Premier League footballers.

Nearly two-thirds of the top players have yet to be fully prodded and many refuse altogether.

Club officials complain that locker rooms have been ‘dirty’ by older players spreading conspiracy theories about Bill Gates, infertility and the power of vitamins.

The government’s warning last month that mandatory certification could be introduced with a week’s notice had raised concerns as the Premier League vaccination crisis shows no signs of abating.

The League remains concerned as the limited nature of many clubs’ vaccination programs increases the likelihood of harmful Covid outbreaks, but they are reassured after receiving more details about the government’s winter plan.

World Cup officials plan to ban unvaccinated players from participating in Qatar.  Pictured: Lusail Stadium, an 80,000 capacity venue that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final

World Cup officials plan to ban unvaccinated players from participating in Qatar. Pictured: Lusail Stadium, an 80,000 capacity venue that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final

Southgate is a vaccine advocate and took part in an ad to ramp up the vaccination campaign earlier this summer, but is now reluctant to talk about the issue after a torrent of abuse online.

The England manager said in August: ‘I’m not going to get too involved in this because I was asked to make a video in support of the vaccination program, which I thought was responsible, and of all the things I’ve known for over the summer – of which there have been several – that is the one I have received the most.

“If you want to try and make a difference, and get the right attitude about taking the knee and other things, you know you’re not going to please everyone and there are extreme views on many of those topics.

“I’m comfortable with that, but I’m not going to town about things like the vaccine in particular. I am always happy to support the greater good.”

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