England coach Gareth Southgate has revealed that some players have not received a “Covid-19” vaccine due to the influence of conspiracy theories on social media.
British media reported last month that only seven of the 20 Premier League clubs had vaccinated more than half of their players.
Southgate said he was not sure how many national team players have received a full vaccination against the virus, which has killed more than five million people worldwide, according to Reuters figures.
He told reporters on Friday: “Most of the players have waited a long time, and many of them have contracted the virus and may have felt they already had antibodies.”
He added: At these ages some of them can be influenced by conspiracy theories by reading what is being raised on social media and I can see some confusion.
Southgate understands why players don’t want to talk about vaccination, and he continues: “As I have always said, I can’t think of a better way than vaccination to beat the epidemic, they have their reasons for refusing but I don’t haven’t I haven’t heard from them for a better solution, it’s a complicated problem, so people may be a little reluctant to talk about it. “
England lead their World Cup qualifying group with 16 points from six games, before facing Andorra away on Saturday and then meeting Hungary at Wembley three days later.