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Jamie Vardy retires from Three Lions duty
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Jamie Vardy retires from Three Lions duty

Jamie Vardy has announced his retirement from international football for the Three Lions.

The 32-year-old has won 26 caps for his country and was a member of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer.

But now Vardy has told England boss Gareth Southgate that he longer wishes to be selected unless there is some kind of injury crisis.

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.

Jamie Vardy retires from Three Lions duty
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“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.”

However, he refused to shut the door on England “completely” and would return if “everyone was injured”.

Vardy made his debut for England in 2015 and has since scored 7 times in 26 games.

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