Vardy backs ‘loyal’ Drinkwater to earn fresh Eng­land chance

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Jamie Vardy has backed Danny Drinkwater to force Gareth South­gate to give him an­other Eng­land chance be­fore next year’s World Cup. Drinkwater had to turn down a late call-up by Eng­land man­ager South­gate for the friendlies against Ger­many and Brazil while he re­cov­ers from a calf in­jury. That de­ci­sion prompted sug­ges­tions that the Chelsea mid­fielder may have squan­dered a chance to make the World Cup squad. But Vardy, who played with Drinkwater at Le­ices­ter City and is a friend of the 27-year-old, be­lieves his for­mer club-mate can play his way back into South­gate’s plans.

Asked if he thought Drinkwater could get into the Eng­land squad once fully fit, Vardy replied: “Def­i­nitely. If he is play­ing the best he can, then why not? He should be in with a shot, but it is down to him to make sure he puts the per­for­mances in there.”

Vardy re­jected ques­tions over Drinkwater’s loy­alty to Eng­land by adding: “I think he def­i­nitely wants to play for his coun­try but, to be hon­est, he has been strug­gling to get a bit of match time. He was in­jured and he needs to get the matchsharp­ness back. He has been do­ing that in re­cent weeks for Chelsea and he needs to keep build­ing that up.”

With Harry Kane and Dele Alli miss­ing through in­jury, South­gate changed his for­ma­tion against Ger­many and played with a front two of Vardy and Tammy Abra­ham.

Vardy im­pressed and thinks Eng­land have found the plan B they were lack­ing in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, when they were elim­i­nated by Ice­land, in time for the World Cup. “I think we have def­i­nitely got to learn from that,” he said.

Vardy would like to part­ner Kane from the start for Eng­land, but in­sisted that was South­gate’s call. “It would be in­ter­est­ing to see how that [a front two with Kane] worked, but team se­lec­tions, tac­tics and for­ma­tions are down to the gaffer,” he said. “But we’ve shown we can play in a dif­fer­ent sys­tem and that is what we will have to do. We al­ways need a plan B or plan C head­ing into a tour­na­ment.”

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