Gareth Southgate not ruling out Vardy England return

November 8, 2019
By: Daniel Orme

England boss Gareth Southgate has not totally ruled out a return on the international stage for forward Jamie Vardy.

The Leicester City striker retired from Three Lions duty following the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, instead choosing to focus on his performances with the Foxes.

He remains in stunning form, having already plundered ten goals in his opening 11 Premier League this season, leading to calls that he should be once again called into the England squad.

Whilst he has not been included in Southgate’s most recent selection, the England boss has not ruled out a possible return for Vardy at some point in the future.

Talking to BBC Five Live, he said: “I have always left the opportunity open. The conversation I had with Jamie was around looking at younger players in that position.

“Jamie felt he had travelled enough in that moment where he felt he was back-up for Harry (Kane) which is understandable, but he is playing well.

“We both left that door open and we know the quality of the player and he is showing that every week with Leicester.

“It wasn’t one for now, but we will keep monitoring that because you have a ready-made experienced player who could come in if we felt that was the right thing.”

Vardy was named Premier League player of the month for October after scoring four goals in just three games. He is now one of the favourites to claim the golden boot come the end of the campaign and currently sits at 5/1 with William Hill.

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