Jamie Vardy has not “shut the door completely” on his England career, but the Leicester striker no longer wishes to be considered for selection by Gareth Southgate.
The 31-year-old has been capped on 26 occasions by his country, with a debut made back in 2015.
A first selection by the Three Lions completed a remarkable rise for the Foxes frontman, with international recognition coming just three years after he was turning out for Fleetwood in non-league football.
Vardy is delighted to have played his part over Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 campaigns, netting seven goals along the way, but feels the time is right to make way for the next generation.
He told The Guardian: “To be honest with you, this has been on my mind for a while.
“I’m not getting any younger and you can see, to be fair to the gaffer [Gareth Southgate], he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup – we got to the semi-finals and finished fourth, which is equal to the furthest we have ever been on foreign soil.
“So I just said to Gareth that I think it’s probably best from now on, especially with the way he wants to go, to bring youngsters in who he thinks have got the ability and start nurturing them into international football.”
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