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Gareth Southgate leaves the door open on Jamie Vardy’s international career

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Gareth Southgate leaves the door open on Jamie Vardy’s international career

Vardy stepped back from the international scene after the 2018 World Cup.

England manager Gareth Southgate has refused to close the door on the international career of Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

As per the Daily Mail, Southgate has been keeping his eye on what Vardy is doing under Brendan Rodgers at the King Power Stadium and likes what he sees.

He said: “It’s obvious how well he’s still playing, and the discussion we had at the time with him was always: ‘Look, neither of us close the door.’ [There’s] no point in him travelling if he wasn’t going to be starting at his age, and I can understand that.

 

“I wouldn’t see the point in bringing him back in immediately but for sure, the door isn’t closed because he’s still a top player and still scoring important goals in big matches. He’s a character that we’ve liked having around as well, so yes, that door has always been open between us.”

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TBR’s View – Vardy still well worth a place in the England setup, but will always play second fiddle to Kane

Vardy had a good goalscoring record for England and is continuing to do the business for Leicester, having been given a new lease of life by Brendan Rodgers.

But the issue is, he’s not going to get a game starting ahead of Harry Kane unless the Tottenham man is injured and if he doesn’t want to travel as a sub that could be an issue.

Callum Wilson is a good backup, but Vardy is another level and a fantastic Plan B. Perhaps a compromise could be reached around tournament time.

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