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Leicester striker Jamie Vardy quits England duty after World Cup campaign

3:15 pm, 28th August 2018

The 31-year-old has been a regular in the Three Lions squad since May 2015, making his debut as a substitute against the Republic of Ireland in June of that year.

The following season, Vardy and his Leicester teammates secured a shock title win, with the forward breaking a Premier League record by scoring 13 goals over 11 consecutive matches.

Vardy’s last appearance for England was as a substitute during the 2-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

In total, the Sheffield-born star scored seven goals in 26 appearances for the national side.

Vardy initially shared his thoughts with England manager Gareth Southgate at the start of the Premier League season and was given time to mull over his decision, according to Sky sources.

However, the period of reflection hasn’t altered his view.

Announcing his decision, Vardy told the Guardian: “This has been on my mind for a while.

“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 that 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.”

Much like Liverpool’s James Milner, Vardy has told Southgate he would be prepared to return in exceptional circumstances, such as an injury crisis or an exceptional run of form.

However, it is highly likely he won’t play for England again.

Southgate had planned to include Vardy in his squad for England’s upcoming UEFA Nations League match against Spain on 8 September.

The England manager will now use the opportunity to give other players a chance.