Leicester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side ease through into the third round of the Carabao Cup earlier this week.
Claude Puel’s men went into their clash with League One outfit Fleetwood Town off the back of successive wins over Wolves and Southampton in the Premier League, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Joey Barton’s side. And the Foxes produced a fine display to sweep aside the third tier club with goals from Christian Fuchs, Vicente Iborra, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Rachid Ghezzal sealing a routine 4-0 victory for the hosts, thus booking their place in round three.
As such, there have been many delighted Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been reacting to the news that striker Jamie Vardy has retired from international football.
And Chief Football Writer for The Times Henry Winter tweeted saying it was ‘sad news’ that the 31-year-old had hung up his boots on the international scene, but ‘good news’ for Puel’s Leicester – views of which are both absolutely spot on.
Sad news, really, as @vardy7 had plenty to give #eng in pace, goal threat, belief & energy from the bench but obviously good news for #lcfc. Scored 7 goals in 26 internationals, great role model for those players whose careers took time to take off. The power of persistence https://t.co/1SrmwAYUCn
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) August 28, 2018
Ultimately, the striker has become one of the best in the Premier League in recent times since helping the Foxes win promotion to the top-flight back in 2014, with the Englishman bagging an impressive 63 goals in just 144 matches in the top tier.
And in exceeding 20 in two of his last three seasons at the King Power Stadium, the 31-year-old is clearly a huge asset to Leicester boss Puel and indeed the club as a whole, as the striker epitomises everything that neutrals have come to love about the Foxes in the last few years.
And Vardy has rightly been a part of the England set-up in the last few years such has been his excellent goal-scoring form for Leicester, with the striker earning 26 caps for his country going back to his debut in 2015, in which time he has netted on seven occasions, including against Wales in the group stages of Euro 2016.
But given what the 31-year-old offers one’s side alongside his obvious goal-scoring prowess, be it tenacity, energy, and a relentless work-ethic, Winter is right to suggest that his decision is ‘sad news’ for England.
Ultimately, not many defenders, especially on the international stage, would like to come up against a fully fit and firing Vardy – he is simply an absolute nightmare to defend against given he just won’t give up on anything.
The striker possesses great pace to get in behind backlines but also has the ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play – there’s no doubt that he would have continued being an asset to Three Lions chief Gareth Southgate, be it from the bench or indeed from the start.
Yes, Harry Kane is always likely to command the main striker’s position in the England squad, but Vardy could have still played a huge part – tiring defenders would not want to see the Leicester man come off the bench in the second half of matches.
So while his retirement is certainly good news for Leicester, as Vardy can now focus fully on his exploits for his club, Winter is absolutely spot on to suggest that it is ‘sad news’ for England that the 31-year-old has hung up his boots on the international scene.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!