Vardy retires from International Football but...
The door will always remain open for Jamie when it comes to England.
Our man announced that he has all but retired from playing for England after informing Gareth Southgate he believes the time is right to focus solely on club football.
We take a look back at some of Jamie’s best moments for the Three Lions.
Jamie, who will be 32 in January, says a number of factors have influenced his decision, including his age and a desire to spend more time with his family. He also accepts he is unlikely to feature much for England even if he remains part of the squad.
Manager Gareth Southgate told our man that he felt the striker “still had a lot to offer” but the manager also understood the thinking behind the player’s decision. With England not exactly blessed with striking options, Southgate and Vardy have agreed to “not shut the door completely”, although he would return only if there were an injury crisis.
“To be honest with you, this has been on my mind for a while,” Vardy said. “I’m not getting any younger and you can see, to be fair to the gaffer, he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup. We got to the semi-finals and finished fourth, which is equal to the furthest we have ever been on foreign soil. So I just said to Gareth I think it’s probably best from now on, especially with the way he wants to go, to bring youngsters in who he thinks have got the ability and start nurturing them into international football.”
Jamie received his first England call up in May 2015 and has been a regular in the squads ever since. He won 26 Caps and scored 7 goals including memorable strikes away against Germany and a goal in Euro 2016 against Wales.
What a journey Jamie, we are so proud of what you have achieved with your country…Legend.
Credit – Stuart James, The Guardian – Article