Hodg­son in­sists Vardy has earned wed­ding leave ahead of friendly

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY UNION -

ROY HODG­SON is giv­ing Jamie Vardy time off from Eng­land’s Euro 2016 prepa­ra­tions be­cause the Bar­clays Premier League top-scorer is due to get mar­ried on Wed­nes­day.

The Le­ices­ter City hit­man scored in Eng­land’s 2-1 vic­tory over Turkey at the Eti­had Sta­dium last night after Harry Kane’s early opener was can­celled out by Hakan Cal­hanoglu.

Tot­ten­ham striker Kane had missed a penalty-kick but his strike part­ner saved his blushes with a close-range fin­ish in­side the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

And man­ager Hodg­son re­vealed after the match how the striker would be miss­ing the friendly against Aus­tralia next Fri­day at the Sta­dium of Light.

“Vardy won’t be in­volved be­cause he is get­ting mar­ried on Wed­nes­day.

“That, you could say, is un­for­tu­nate but you must bear in mind last year his wed­ding was planned in June and I called him up and he can­celled his wed­ding.

“I think he de­serves that pos­si­bil­ity to get mar­ried here.”

Mean­while, 18-year-old Manch­ester United star­let Mar­cus Rad­ford will join up with the squad to­day after im­press­ing in the FA Cup Fi­nal win over Crys­tal Palace on Satur­day.

The striker was after re­ceiv­ing a knock but Hodg­son is hope­ful he will make a speedy re­cov­ery.

Hodg­son said: “We be­lieve it is not a se­ri­ous in­jury but he ob­vi­ously took a nasty knock and we’ll have to wait and see to­mor­row how he turns up.”

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