Monday 24 July 2017

England's dismal Euros failure has had a hilarious knock-on effect on the Jamie Vardy film

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Just pretend it never happened.

That is advice that is always useful if you are trying to recover from an embarrassment and it appears that that is the path favoured by the producers of the upcoming Jamie Vardy film.

The striker's underdog story is perfect for the big screen, with the former non-league attacker enjoying a fairy tale season with Leicester that saw the Foxes win the league in large part because of Vardy's goals.

Euro 2016 was originally going to be included in the film as a potentially glorious epilogue, with Vardy transferring his dream club form to the international stage - Goal 3 style.

As we know, it didn't turn out that way. England were stunningly upset by Iceland in the last 16 and Vardy was an ineffectual presence throughout the tournament.

And according to The Star, rather than end the film on a sour note, there will be 'more focus on Leicester now' as the producers try to airbrush England's Euros flop from Hollywood history.

“Anything that happened at the Euros would have been a cherry on top but we certainly were not relying on it. It’s even ironic that England were knocked out of the competition by the ‘Leicester of the Euros’," producer Adrian Butchart told the paper.

Including the Iceland upset may not have done much for the film's domestic performance, but it would have given the picture a boost internationally, with countries around the world indulging in a hefty amount of schadenfreude in the aftermath of England's European exit.

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