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Tammy Abraham becomes first England footballer to confirm he IS fully vaccinated

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Tammy Abraham has become the first England player to confirm he is fully-vaccinated.

There are growing concerns from within English football over the slow vaccine uptake rate among top-flight players, an issue Sportsmail has highlighted extensively in recent weeks.

A number of players declined to divulge whether they had been double-jabbed on Wednesday and were guarded about the issue, insisting it was a personal and private matter.

But Abraham has confirmed he has taken both jabs, saying: ‘It is a personal choice. People are entitled to do what they want to do with their bodies. For me it was a different situation. I am vaccinated. That is a personal choice.

‘I have contracted the virus before, I am in Italy and for me it is the right thing to do.’

Tammy Abraham has become the first England footballer to reveal he is fully-vaccinated

Tammy Abraham has become the first England footballer to reveal he is fully-vaccinated

Gareth Southgate is concerned about the reluctance among England players to take the jab

Gareth Southgate is concerned about the reluctance among England players to take the jab

Manager Gareth Southgate will continue to promote the benefits of vaccination while staying out of individual cases. 

‘Our medical team would know but they wouldn’t tell me who is and who isn’t (vaccinated),’ Southgate said last week. 

‘I don’t think it is going to affect us that much because whenever the players are with us, we are always going to be in a bubble and on a sporting exemption.

‘The bigger issue is going to be players going back to clubs or clubs travelling in certain countries.’

Earlier on Wednesday Republic of Ireland international Callum Robinson admitted he has chosen not to be vaccinated against Covid-19 despite being twice laid low by the virus.

While Abraham is the first to declare himself fully-vaccinated in England’s squad, Robinson is the first high-profile footballer to admit he has not got the jab. 

The 26-year-old West Brom striker, who had already missed games for his country as a close contact, first tested positive in November last year and then again in August, meaning he had to sit out last month’s World Cup qualifiers.

But just days after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expressed his exasperation with Premier League players who have not been double-jabbed, Robinson – who is on £27,000 a week with his club – has spoken of his decision not to do so.

Asked if he had been vaccinated, he replied: ‘I haven’t been vaccinated, no. That’s my choice at this moment in time.

‘It’s obviously annoying that I’ve caught it twice but I haven’t been vaccinated. Further down the line I could change my mind and want to do it, but at this moment in time I haven’t been vaccinated, no.’

Ireland international Callum Robinson has admitted he has chosen not to be vaccinated against Covid-19

The 26-year-old has twice been laid low by the virus and is the first high-profile footballer to admit he has not got the jab

Ireland star Callum Robinson admitted he has chosen not to be vaccinated against Covid-19

Asked why, Robinson (who played in the Premier League last season) added: ‘I just haven’t, I just haven’t done it. I think it’s your personal choice and my choice at this moment in time, I haven’t been vaccinated.

‘I know, as you said, there are managers and people that will want you to do it, which is right in their way, the way they think, but everyone has their choice on what they want to do. I wouldn’t force people to do it, it’s your choice and your body.’

Robinson, who declined to discuss his reasons, continues to be tested regularly along with his team-mates and he is not the only member of the Ireland squad not to have been vaccinated, with manager Stephen Kenny, who has seen his reign to date repeatedly disrupted by coronavirus, confirming several players are in the same situation. 

Kenny, who has had both injections, admitted it could be a step too far to select only those who were covered despite under-21s boss Jim Crawford having had to leave seven UK and Germany-based players out of his squad for a trip to Montenegro, which is on the red list of both countries.

Robinson first tested positive in November last year and then again in August, meaning he had to sit out last month's World Cup qualifiers

Robinson first tested positive in November last year and then again in August, meaning he had to sit out last month’s World Cup qualifiers

He said: ‘Well, I think it would be quite a radical viewpoint to just say, ‘Right, whoever is not vaccinated is not being selected in the future’.

‘I’m not aware of anybody who has done this in any sport at the moment, so for me to just come and decide that would be extremely radical.

‘I was very happy to be (vaccinated) myself and encouraged staff and players. Of course it seems like the most sensible thing to do, and the safest with regard to our environment.

‘There are a lot of myths and a lot of issues around virility that people are concerned about and other issues, you know, and I do think it is complex. I am not a medical expert, but I do trust the experts and I do think it is better to be double-vaccinated.’

Robinson’s revelation comes after it emerged last week around two-thirds of Premier League players are not vaccinated against the virus. 

Managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa have urged their players to get vaccinated

Managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa have urged their players to get vaccinated

Club officials are complaining that dressing rooms have been ‘polluted’ by senior players spreading conspiracy theories involving Bill Gates, infertility and the power of vitamins. 

Many fans may object to players being spared compulsory vaccination when they are not, but the Government are wary of the legal implications of making vaccination a condition of employment.

Only seven of the 20 Premier League clubs have fully vaccinated more than 50 per cent of their squads. While Leeds, Wolves, Southampton and Brentford have vaccinated more than 90 per cent of their staff, at least three clubs have yet to get even 10 individuals jabbed.   

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