× Sports Football Rugby Olympics Volleyball and Handball Cricket Boxing Golf Hockey Tennis Gossip & Rumours Basketball Athletics Premier League Eliud Kipchoge Women in Sports Unique Sports Motorsport Sports Health Videos Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

Players should be offered vaccine, says England manager Southgate

FOOTBALL By Reuters | March 19th 2021 | 1 min read
The manager of England's national football team, Gareth Southgate speaks during a press conference on October 7, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup European Qualifying match Lithuania versus England. [ AFP PHOTO]

England manager Gareth Southgate has called for players to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine as they are risking their health by competing and travelling overseas.

More than half of all adults in England have had their first dose of a vaccine, with the vulnerable, key workers and elderly prioritised during the roll-out.

"Our vaccination programme has been incredible ... nearly all the vulnerable people have had the first vaccine," Southgate said.

"My view would have been we were close to getting to where it would have been acceptable for professional sportsmen to be on the list.

"We are asking them to keep playing, they're having to quarantine when they come back from certain situations, they're having to take some risk going back to families and a lot of them have caught the virus because they've been working.

"I was not suggesting they should have been ahead of key workers and teachers but we are getting close to the points where it could be acceptable.

"Actually, football could afford to save the NHS money by buying vaccines and administering them."

England face San Marino in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifying match on March 25 before facing Albania (March 28) and Poland (March 31).

Share this story
Leicester post pre-tax loss of Sh10.2 billion due to COVID impact
Leicester City posted pre-tax losses of 67.3 million pounds (sh10.2 billion) for the year ending May 31, 2020 after their finances took a hit during t
What 2022 holds for title-hungry Kenyan athletes
It remains to be seen if stars Kipyegon, Kipchoge and Jepchirchir will continue with the good shows.