Monday 25 September 2017

Jamie Vardy withdraws from England squad for Scotland and France

Gary Cahill, Jamie Vardy and John Stones of England line up prior to the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Gary Cahill, Jamie Vardy and John Stones of England line up prior to the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Simon Peach

Jamie Vardy has withdrawn from the England squad to face Scotland and France through injury.

Gareth Southgate's men travel to Hampden Park for a crunch Group F clash on Saturday, before heading to Paris for a season-ending friendly.

Vardy has now been ruled out of both matches after the Leicester striker sustained a minor injury in training on Tuesday.

A short statement from the Football Association read: "Jamie Vardy has left the England squad as a precaution after picking up a minor injury in training at St. George's Park yesterday.

"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."

Vardy is the second player to withdraw from the squad after Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne pulled out with a back injury at the end of May.

The striker endured a topsy-turvy season at Leicester, kicking on under former England coach Craig Shakespeare to end the season with 16 goals in all competitions.

Vardy was also on the scoresheet in the Three Lions' last match, wrapping up a 2-0 win against Lithuania shortly after coming on in March's World Cup qualifier.

Marcus Rashford, Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane are among the strikers this time around, with all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney overlooked.

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