Leicester striker Jamie Vardy open to England return for Euro 2020 if doubts persist over fitness of Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has refused to rule out making a return to the England squad for Euro 2020.
Vardy hasn’t played for England since the 2018 World Cup, having stepped aside from international action.
However, with doubts over the fitness of Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, 33-year-old Vardy has admitted that he could link back up with Gareth Southgate’s squad ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has refused to rule out returning to the England squad for Euro 2020
Vardy could be drafted in if Tottenham striker Harry Kane isn’t fit enough for the tournament
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is also currently sidelined with a back injury
Vardy told Sky Sports: ‘Who knows? Gareth and I were both agreed that the door would still be open for whatever reason and then we would sit down and have a talk about it [if needed].
‘We’ve not had the chat or anything yet and nothing has been spoken about. The lads (Kane and Rashford) are out injured, but they’re looking to be back in time. So only time will tell.
‘I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a few extra days off in the international breaks so I’ve been able to switch off completely from football and it is always beneficial sometimes.
‘Knowing that when you get back it’s constant again, it’s 100 per cent football every day so it’s one of those things that has benefited me.’
Vardy has scored 17 goals in the league this season but has gone seven games without a goal
PREMIER LEAGUE TOP ENGLISH SCORERS THIS SEASON
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 17 goals
Danny Ings (Southampton) – 15 goals
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 14 goals
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – 13 goals
Tottenham striker Kane is back in training but hasn’t played since New Year’s Day because of a hamstring tear.
Rashford, meanwhile, hasn’t played for Manchester United since January 15 due to a back injury.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, another attacking option for England, is also currently out with an ankle injury.
Vardy has scored seven goals in 26 appearances for England, having made his debut in 2015.
This season Vardy has scored an impressive 17 goals in 25 Premier League appearances and is the joint-leading scorer in the division along with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, he has failed to score in his last seven league appearances.