Southgate expects Vardy to end dry run
Interim England boss Gareth Southgate has backed Ballon d’Or nominee Jamie Vardy to end his worst goal drought for almost two years.
The Leicester striker has failed to score in his last 10 appearances for club and country and was benched by Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri on Saturday.
Vardy came on as a second-half substitute in their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace after being replaced by Shinji Okazaki in the starting line up. It was the first time he had not started a Premier League game when available since March 2015.
This time last year the 29-year-old was on his record 11-game Premier League scoring streak to help Leicester win the title, although he went 23 matches without scoring between September 2014 and March 2015.
Vardy has netted just three times this term - although he was nominated for the Ballon d’Or along with Foxes team-mate Riyad Mahrez on Monday having scored 24 times last season as Leicester clinched a shock title by 10 points.
“All goalscorers have periods where they are not scoring. History and records over the years shows you what they are likely to fall back into and his scoring record is phenomenal,’ Southgate said.
“I have played with Alan Shearer when he went through the same - and Andy Cole. Over a long period of time if they have a record of one in two or one in three they will come back
England interim manager Gareth Southgate before the match.