Chelsea’s Mason Mount reveals Euro 2020 isolation with England convinced him to get vaccinated

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Mason Mount has revealed how his experience of having to isolate during Euro 2020 convinced him to get jabbed.

The England midfielder, alongside Ben Chilwell, had to isolate for 10 days during the summer tournament after coming into contact with Chelsea team-mate Billy Gilmour, who subsequently tested positive, after England's draw with Scotland.

Having started England's first two games, Mount had to isolate and train alone so missied the final group game against the Czech Republic and only made the bench for the historic last-16 win over Germany. Chilwell did not play a minute at the tournament.

Under current government guidelines, those who are double-vaccinated no longer have to quarantine after being identified as a contact.

"I'm double-vaccinated now," said Mount. "Going through that experience, missing the games, a top game, kind of did have an effect on my decision."

This England camp has come amid rising concern around the vaccination rate in football, with England manager Gareth Southgate suggesting players are more susceptible to conspiracy theories on social media due to their age.

It has been reported that five of the squad have not taken up the offer of the vaccine. Tammy Abraham confirmed that he had been jabbed, while Fikayo Tomori, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw all said they felt it was a private matter. England captain Harry Kane has not spoken on the subject.

"I don't think you can force anyone to get [the vaccine]," Mount added. "But, for me, going through that experience, it did make me want to get it, and quite quickly. But I think for [other] players, it's down to their decision how they feel about it."

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