Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw issued with anti-malaria tablets ahead of England's World Cup opener against Italy in Manaus

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LUKE SHAW

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Roy Hodgson may not be a fan of anti-malaria tablets, but he insists he has no option but to issue the pills to his players despite the potentially-damaging side-effects.

England head to the jungle city of Manaus tomorrow ahead of their World Cup opener against Italy 48 hours later.

England’s players – including Saints duo Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw – took anti-malaria tablets Malarone yesterday morning at breakfast.

Generally, one in ten people experience side-effects like stomach cramps, sickness and dizziness after taking the pills.

The last thing Hodgson wants is to lose one of his players to illness, but the England manager has been left with no option but to issue the anti-malarials to his players.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got to go with medical opinion and if the doctors are telling me that when we go to Manaus the players must take malaria tablets, whether it has side-effects or not, what do I do?

“I can’t turn around and say ‘we will not take malaria tablets’, because the bottom line is better stomach cramps or whatever it is for one player in ten than have someone contract malaria because that would be unthinkable.”

Interestingly Hodgson did not take any anti-malaria drugs before a trip to Manaus last year, but the Football Association has confirmed he will do so this time around.

“I went to Manaus and I didn’t take any for the two days I spent there,” he said.

“That might just be something to do with the fact that I’m not a football player.”

After consulting FIFA’s chief medical officer, Professor Dr. Jiri Dvorak, England have decided not to have their yellow fever jabs.

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7:21am Wed 11 Jun 14

saint christopher says...

Can also cause depression in some people, so pray no player has a really bad game or there might be less on the plane going home.

May be wrong but I thought a course of Malorone needed to be started about a week before?
Can also cause depression in some people, so pray no player has a really bad game or there might be less on the plane going home. May be wrong but I thought a course of Malorone needed to be started about a week before? saint christopher
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8:13am Wed 11 Jun 14

Saint Jinx says...

I am surprised they are leaving it so late. I have always been told to start taking the tablets 1 week before arrival in the area.
I am surprised they are leaving it so late. I have always been told to start taking the tablets 1 week before arrival in the area. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 4

8:14am Wed 11 Jun 14

Ozmosis says...

Malarone is only two days before exposure, and a week after. I took them while in India recently and nearly a week after back I am still suffering the stomach cramps... I hope the guys have better luck with them
Malarone is only two days before exposure, and a week after. I took them while in India recently and nearly a week after back I am still suffering the stomach cramps... I hope the guys have better luck with them Ozmosis
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8:36am Wed 11 Jun 14

elvisimo says...

Saint Jinx wrote:
I am surprised they are leaving it so late. I have always been told to start taking the tablets 1 week before arrival in the area.
agee and I was told the side effects could b horrible and not to bother.
[quote][p][bold]Saint Jinx[/bold] wrote: I am surprised they are leaving it so late. I have always been told to start taking the tablets 1 week before arrival in the area.[/p][/quote]agee and I was told the side effects could b horrible and not to bother. elvisimo
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8:49am Wed 11 Jun 14

george chivers says...

Another option is Quinine. I recommend that all the squad are attached to gin and tonic drips when they are not training, playing, sleeping or being tapped up by team mates, coaching staff and the manager. So about 5 minutes a day then!
Another option is Quinine. I recommend that all the squad are attached to gin and tonic drips when they are not training, playing, sleeping or being tapped up by team mates, coaching staff and the manager. So about 5 minutes a day then! george chivers
  • Score: 1

9:23am Wed 11 Jun 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Shrek doesn't need to take anything because there are more dangers around his swamp than in a jungle. which is a shame because it would have been nice for him to get some side affects and have to miss the game.
Shrek doesn't need to take anything because there are more dangers around his swamp than in a jungle. which is a shame because it would have been nice for him to get some side affects and have to miss the game. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 2

11:00am Wed 11 Jun 14

Confucious says...

I am working on Mythanthromin, a new wonder drug which prevents malaria, yellow fever and cholera and produces side effects which enables players to score from the half way line and attract lots of women like Jenifer Aniston.
I am working on Mythanthromin, a new wonder drug which prevents malaria, yellow fever and cholera and produces side effects which enables players to score from the half way line and attract lots of women like Jenifer Aniston. Confucious
  • Score: 4

2:33pm Wed 11 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

No aspirin tablets in Brasil Parrots eat 'em all.
No aspirin tablets in Brasil Parrots eat 'em all. OSPREYSAINT
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4:29pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Costa Baz says...

I expect sick note Shaw, will be affected.
I expect sick note Shaw, will be affected. Costa Baz
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5:02pm Wed 11 Jun 14

cebu blue says...

Could be an easy win for the italians, up against a team that might be suffering from the odd dizzy spell and stomache pains and even worst, lacks the skills to win the cup for sure....maybe sometime in the distant future a.
Could be an easy win for the italians, up against a team that might be suffering from the odd dizzy spell and stomache pains and even worst, lacks the skills to win the cup for sure....maybe sometime in the distant future a. cebu blue
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