Jamie Vardy will NOT receive an England call for Euro 2020 despite leading Premier League scoring charts, as Gareth Southgate favours the likes of Tammy Abraham, Danny Ings and Dominic Calvert-Lewin instead
- Harry Kane’s long-term injury led to calls to bring Jamie Vardy back to the fold
- Kane is expected to return to training in April after tearing his left hamstring
- Leicester striker Vardy has been in emphatic form this season in Premier League
- However, he will not be called upon unless England face a major injury crisis
England will reportedly not consider Jamie Vardy for this summer’s European Championship unless they face a major injury crisis.
Following news that Harry Kane would be out of action until April after tearing his left hamstring while playing for Tottenham, there were calls to bring Vardy out of international retirement.
Vardy has been firing on all cylinders so far this season for Leicester – he currently sits top scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals, three ahead of Marcus Rashford, Danny Ings and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is currently top scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals
But according to The Athletic, regardless of Vardy’s form and availability, Gareth Southgate is highly unlikely to call upon the 33-year-old unless England suffer a major fitness crisis.
However, if Kane was ruled out of Euro 2020 completely and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham suffered a big injury, then England’s stance may change regarding Vardy.
Following Vardy’s decision to call a day on his international career, Southgate has looked to the future and will prioritise Tottenham striker Kane – who is expected to be fit in time – as well as the likes of Abraham, Marcus Rashford, Callum Wilson and Ings.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been ruled out until April after suffering a torn hamstring
Everton youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also in contention for a spot in the Three Lions squad after impressing for the Toffees.
With Abraham – who has 13 Premier League goals to his name – back-up to Kane, Rashford preferring to play centrally and Ings set for a call-up after shining for a resurgent Southampton, there is little chance of Vardy featuring in the summer.
The report claims that as it was Vardy’s choice to retire from international football, the FA hold the stance that the Leicester man needs to show a real appetite to return to the England fold and there has been little sign of that so far.
Gareth Southgate is very unlikely to call upon Vardy unless England suffer a major injury crisis