England players kept their cards close to their chest when asked about Covid-19 vaccines following a report that some members of Gareth Southgate’s team refused to get the jab.
The Three Lions are preparing for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary in the seventh international meeting since the coronavirus changed the landscape.
The camp comes amid a new review of vaccination rates in football, with The Sun claiming over the weekend that at least five members of the England squad are refusing to be vaccinated.
Qatar’s World Cup organizers are said to have planned to ban unvaccinated players, and manager Southgate admitted last week that he did not know how many in his squad received the two doses.
The England boss made a video urging the public to get vaccinated over the summer, but his players did not give much on their thoughts on the matter on Wednesday.
AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori – back in the squad for the first time since before the pandemic started – said: “Personally, I haven’t had any conversations about vaccinations or anything like that. Just because it’s a personal thing.
“I’m not going to ask you if you’re going to get the shot or not. It’s not something we’re really talking about.
“The thing everyone is talking about is, ‘Oh if I go here, do you have to do this and that?’
“These are the questions going around and what it is in Italy and when you come back to England what should you do.
“In terms of that, these are the conversations we’ve had, but in terms of the vaccine and things like that, nothing really. “
Tomori kept his immunization status to himself and repeatedly said that the decision was a “personal matter” for individuals.
“If I want to do what I want to do, that’s it or if another player wants to do it, it’s a personal problem not only for each athlete but for people who are not athletes,” he said. -he declares.
“For me, it’s a personal matter if I want to do it or if I don’t want to do it, that’s all. “
Tomori said the England doctor spoke to players about coronavirus protocols and regulations on Tuesday ahead of the next matches and understood the value of whether the players had been vaccinated.
“Of course we’re public figures, in the public eye, so I really see why people are wondering or asking, ‘If they’re going to take it, I’m going to take it,’ ‘If they’re not going to take it. take it, I’m not going to take it, ”he added.
“I don’t think it’s for me to say if I did this or that to influence people. It’s about leaving people to their own devices whether they want to do it or not.
Ex-Chelsea teammate Tammy Abraham confirmed he had been vaccinated against the coronavirus but was hesitant to be drawn to the matter.
“It’s a personal choice,” said the Roma forward. “People have the right to do whatever they want with their body.
“For me it was a different situation. I am vaccinated. It’s a personal choice. “
When asked if it was because of his asthmatic father, Abraham added, “No. A personal thing for me.
“I have already contracted the virus, I am in Italy and for me it is the right thing to do. Everyone has the right to do what they want to do and what is personal to them.
“They should make the decision to do what they want to do. “