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England World Cup hopes rocked as five players refuse to take Covid jab

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Hopes for England’s World Cup rocked as ‘five players refuse to take a Covid shot’… with officials pledging to ban unvaccinated players from joining Qatar next year

  • Five English players have not yet received Covid vaccines, it is alleged
  • A report in The Sun said that three of the players who refused jabs played at Euro 2020
  • Organizers plan to ban all unvaccinated players from participating in Qatar
  • Sportsmail has revealed that two-thirds of Premier League players have not been fully prodded











England’s hopes of winning the 2022 World Cup have been dashed after a report emerged that five players have not yet received Covid vaccines.

Organizers plan to ban all unvaccinated players from competing in Qatar next year, meaning coach Gareth Southgate will have to decide whether to try and convince the players to take jabs or face the prospect of them to let out.

A report in The Sun said at least five English players are refusing to be vaccinated.

Gareth Southgate has suffered a setback after claims players are not taking Covid vaccines

World Cup officials plan to ban unvaccinated players from participating in Qatar

World Cup officials plan to ban unvaccinated players from participating in Qatar

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 practically 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.

The report comes a day 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.

The Sun report said three players who took England to the Euro 2020 final are refusing jabs

The Sun report said three players who took England to the Euro 2020 final are refusing jabs

Southgate faced a flood of online abuse for participating in a pro-vaccination campaign

Southgate faced a flood of online abuse for participating in a pro-vaccination campaign

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.

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.

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