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'Impressionable' Eamon Dunphy says it's 'wrong' for players not to get jab after Callum Robinson admission

"Jurgen Klopp may try to lay down the law but there's no way Stephen Kenny or Gareth Southgate can"

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Republic of Ireland striker Callum Robinson has revealed he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19 (Niall Carson/PA)

Republic of Ireland striker Callum Robinson has revealed he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19 (Niall Carson/PA)

Republic of Ireland striker Callum Robinson has revealed he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19 (Niall Carson/PA)

Eamon Dunphy has said Stephen Kenny has a real problem on his hands with unvaccinated players in his Ireland squad as it’s understood around eight of the current 26-man squad have turned down the jab.

After Callum Robinson also revealed he has opted not to get vaccinated against Covid-19, Dunphy said it's "wrong" for football players not to get the vaccine and that it should be "almost compulsory" across the board.

The West Brom winger admitted that he hadn't received the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, putting it down to a "personal choice."

Former RTE pundit Dunphy thinks it would be difficult for the Boys in Green boss to insist on players to get vaccinated, pointing out that Robinson is among the majority when it comes to the issue.

"What I think is, it's important to look at what's happening over in England, only seven of the Premier League clubs have fully vaccinated more than 50 percent of their squad," Dunphy told Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1.

"Callum Robinson is in the majority. Manchester United have not got the majority of their squad vaccinated against the virus and Jurgen Klopp who is the manager of Liverpool is very angry.

"He says he can't understand it, he thinks everybody should be vaccinated and that it should be more or less compulsory, but he realises he can't make it compulsory. If there's eight players in the 26-man Irish squad who are unvaccinated, then Stephen Kenny is doing better than the average in the Premier League."

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny feels it would be a step too far to only select players who are vaccinated against Covid.

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny feels it would be a step too far to only select players who are vaccinated against Covid.

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny feels it would be a step too far to only select players who are vaccinated against Covid.

Last week, Jurgen Klopp spoke out about the lack of uptake for the vaccine amongst Premier League players, saying his side's vaccination rate was 99 per cent.

The Liverpool manager compared people who refuse the vaccine to drink-drivers and said they are to blame if others catch Covid-19 from them.

"It's a real problem in sport in general, among young people and the other problem an international team manager has is he's only borrowing these players for this week.

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"Jurgen Klopp may try to lay down the law but there's no way Stephen Kenny or Gareth Southgate can," Dunphy continued.

"I think it's wrong, I think vaccination should be almost compulsory. And certainly when you have frontline workers [at the game].

£These young men are impressionable, they read the stories online and I know that Stephen Kenny said yesterday at his press conference that virility is an issue for some of them - they feel they might lose it if they get the vaccination.

"All of that stuff is out there and there's a lot to consider, but he (Kenny) cannot lay down the law to players who don't belong to him."

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