Gareth Southgate last night revealed he has become a target for anti-vaccination trolls after fronting a government campaign encouraging the population to get jabbed.
The England manager said the abuse he received after recording the video was worse than anything sent to him this summer despite receiving criticism for advocating players taking the knee and for his tactics during Euro 2020.
Southgate’s plea was part of an attempt by Boris Johnson last month to persuade young people to get vaccinated as figures showed the uptake was slowing.
“I was asked to do a video supporting the vaccination programme which I thought was responsible,” Southgate, 50, said. “Of all the things that I’ve received abuse for over the summer, of which there’s been several, that’s probably