Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has said he doesn’t expect Jamie Vardy to change his mind over his England future.
The Foxes star stepped away from England duty in 2018 but his form has once again been superb this season. That has led to calls from some quarters for Vardy to consider making himself available for Euro 2020.
However, speaking ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, Rodgers insists he doesn’t anticipate a change in heart from his star striker.
“The question is not whether he can play for England, he can, there is absolutely no question about that. It is whether he wants to,” Rodgers said (The Independent).
However, when pressed further, Rodgers explained how he feels the lack of extra games and travelling is helping Vardy prolong his career.
“It has given him a chance to refresh, spend some time with his family, do some work in isolation at the club, and obviously when we start back he is always fit and raring to go.
“Any player that gets towards that stage will tell you that later on in their career when they come out of international football and they have that extra time to recover, that definitely helps them.”
Vardy has scored 17 times this season already. Those goals have fired Leicester into Champions League contention once again, with the Foxes sitting only behind Liverpool in the table.
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From the point of Jamie Vardy, there’s nothing he needs to do to prove he is good enough. As Rodgers says, he absolutely is one of the best English strikers around.
However, it would be handy to see him available. Despite his age, he is still rapidly quick and is one of the more lethal finishers England possess.
With Harry Kane injured at the moment, he’d be the main man for the Three Lions.
But it seems Vardy is comfortable with his situation. Furthermore, it would risk upsetting the England apple-cart somewhat if he did now come out of retirement.