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England Players Who Haven't Been Vaccinated Risk World Cup Places

Ryan Sidle

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England Players Who Haven't Been Vaccinated Risk World Cup Places

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England players who haven't been vaccinated could be left out of the World Cup squad, with Gareth Southgate having to make a tough decision.

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The World Cup kicks off in just 128 days, with England facing Iran on an opening day which sees four games being played, including hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador.

Southgate has some really serious selection issues to think about, especially considering his side have been drawn in the 'Group of Death.'

On top of that, people were left less than impressed with the man who took the national side to a semi final and a final in the past two tournaments, and some have asked if he should be replaced.

However, that's not the only question being asked as, according to the Daily Mail, the England manager is considering not taking those who haven't been vaccinated from Covid 19.

The report claims that there's a number of players that would expected to be going to the tournament who haven't been jabbed and it could mean them not going.

England didn't have a great time during the recent Nations League games. Image: Alamy
England didn't have a great time during the recent Nations League games. Image: Alamy

Qatar continues to require people to quarantine on entering the country, if they've not been vaccinated and that could mean them missing five days of training.

The Three Lions squad is only due to arrive in the host country six days before the first day of the tournament, with the Premier League only pausing two days before that.

With the Three Lions playing on the opening day, it means that those players would have had barely any time to train with their teammates, if at all.

That would lead Southgate to having to choose between a potentially weakened line up against Iran or having those players remain at home.

FIFA are said to be lobbying Qatar to loosen their Covid regulations, although fans might prefer if they could lobby the country to allow them to drink in grounds.

Southgate could be given a major selection headache. Image: Alamy
Southgate could be given a major selection headache. Image: Alamy

Premier League clubs have also been hit by those who haven't been vaccinated during the current pre season tours abroad, to Asia and America.

Crystal Palace left a number of players at home on their trip to Singapore, although the vaccine was not confirmed as the reason, only that players 'didn't meet requirements' to get into the country, or were injured.

Chelsea didn't take Ruben Loftus-Cheek or N'Golo Kante to the US, meaning they were available for the academy match on Friday against Boreham Wood, with the Blues winning 4-2.

Manchester City have left Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and John Stones in Manchester, although no official reason has been given as to why.

Topics: England, Gareth Southgate, Football World Cup, Qatar

Ryan Sidle
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