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Wayne Rooney warns unvaccinated Derby stars they could lose their place

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Wayne Rooney warns unvaccinated Derby stars they could lose their place due to isolation and admits he wants ‘all the players’ to be jabbed

  • Anyone not fully vaccinated must isolate for 10 days if exposed to Covid-19 
  • Wayne Rooney has warned unvaccinated players it could cost their team places
  • Rooney insists he wants to see all of his players jabbed but respects opinions


Wayne Rooney has warned Derby’s unvaccinated players that they risk losing their places for good due to England’s isolation rules.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated has to isolate for 10 days if they come into contact with a confirmed case of Covid — regardless of whether they have the virus themselves.

This has forced healthy players across the EFL to miss dozens of games and, while Rooney will not try to influence his players’ stance on vaccination directly, he hinted it could affect their careers. 

Wayne Rooney has warned Derby’s unvaccinated players that they risk losing their places for good due to England’s isolation rules

Wayne Rooney has warned Derby’s unvaccinated players that they risk losing their places for good due to England’s isolation rules

Rooney (right) wants to see all his Derby players vaccinated but respects their opinions

Rooney (right) wants to see all his Derby players vaccinated but respects their opinions

The former England captain said: ‘You could end up giving up your spot in the starting XI and have to fight extremely hard to get it back.

‘(Vaccination) is an individual’s decision. Of course I want all the players to be vaccinated, but it’s their decision and if it means they have to isolate for 10 days, there is nothing we can do.’

Around a quarter of EFL players do not intend to get vaccinated, according to a recent survey.

A recent study showed a quarter of players in the EFL do not want to get vaccinated at all

A recent study showed a quarter of players in the EFL do not want to get vaccinated at all

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