Vardy Forced To Withdraw From England Squad Through Injury

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been forced to withdraw from the England squad who face Scotland and France, after picking up a minor thigh injury during training on Tuesday.

Vardy was named as one of four strikers of Gareth Southgate’s squad that were due to face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday before travelling to France for a an international friendly in Paris on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old sustained the injury at England’s St George’s Park headquarters and then left the training base as a precaution.

England boss Southgate has no plans to call up a replacement as of yet according to a statement on the FA’s website.

“Jamie Vardy has left the England squad as a precaution after picking up a minor injury in training at St George’s Park yesterday,” read the Football Association statement.

“The Leicester City striker won’t play a part in either Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Scotland or Tuesday’s trip to France. No further players are due to be added to the squad at this moment in time.”

It is believed that Tottenham’s Harry Kane will lead the line as a lone striker in Glasgow on Saturday. There’s also the possibility the visitors will field a back three rather than their traditional four-man defence.

But Southgate still has Bournemouth bound Jermain Defoe and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford to choose from when picking his forward line for the two games, while United’s Jesse Lingard can also operate up front. Wayne Rooney has been left out of the squad.

Vardy who scored 24 league goals last season which led Leicester to a shock Premier League triumph was looking to win his 17th cap for England after a fine start under Southgate, with goals coming against Spain in November and Lithuania in March.