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Leicester striker Vardy effectively announces England retirement

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has effectively announced his international retirement with England.

Vardy revealed he initially told Gareth Southgate after the World Cup that he was considering retiring and it seems he has made up his mind ahead of the Uefa Nation League fixtures against Spain and Switzerland.

He told the Guardian: “To be honest with you, 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."

Vardy added that he would consider ending his retirement “if the worst came to happen and everyone was injured."

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