South­gate ex­pects Vardy to end dry run

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football - BY NICK MASHITER /

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.

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