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COVID news live: England footballer Mason Mount says he’s had coronavirus vaccine – as MPs’ report into pandemic criticised

England footballer Mason Mount has revealed missing part of the Euro 2020 tournament while having to self-isolate played a part in his decision to get a COVID jab.

The vaccine uptake among professional footballers has been sporadic, with most players opting against making their vaccination status public

Gareth Southgate, the Three Lions boss, has admitted he is unsure how many of his current squad have received both doses, but Mount has revealed he has had his two jabs.

The Chelsea midfielder, 22, missed England’s final Euro 2020 group game against the Czech Republic and then was subsequently an unused substitute in the win over Germany.

It came after he spent time with club-mate Billy Gilmour, who later tested positive for COVID following England’s 0-0 draw with Scotland.

Mount said: “I’m double vaccinated now. Going through that experience, missing the game, a top, top game kind of did have an effect on my decision.

“But I think for players and personally-wise it’s down to someone and it is down to their decision how they feel about it.

“I don’t think you can force anyone to get it but, for me, going through that experience it did make me want to get it and get it quite quickly.”

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