The England duo of Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill have announced their retirement from international football in the quest to make the Three Lions more youthful though both players said they won’t mind helping the team out in the future.
According to Vardy, 31, he informed manager Gareth Southgate about his intentions during the recently concluded FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
The Leicester City striker Vardy scored seven goals in 26 international caps since his debut against the Republic of Ireland in June 2015 and he spoke about his retirement in a chat with the Guardian.
He said: “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, he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup.” He added.”
Gareth said that he felt I still had a lot to offer, and we’ve not shut the door completely.” Vardy said.
“If the worst came to happen and everyone was injured, then obviously I wouldn’t say no.” He concluded.
Jamie Vardy made four appearances as England finished fourth in Russia.
On his own part, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill scored five goals in 61 appearances since he made his debut in 2010, and captained the team severally.
In a chat with Chelsea TV, Cahill said: “I can see it is now going to a younger generation and I think it is the perfect time for me to take a step back.”
“I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and I would never shut the door.
“I’ve said that if there are injuries in the future and I’m needed to come and play then, of course, I’m available.” The 32-year-old concluded.
Gary Cahill made one appearance for the former world champions during the tournament in Russia.