Jamie Vardy Takes A Swipe At Roy Hodgson Ahead Of 2018 World Cup

0 Posted by - June 11, 2018 - News

With the World Cup now just three days away, it’s fair to say that England boss Gareth Southgate is winning over many with his calm yet considered approach, including current squad member Jamie Vardy who used his time in front of the press on Saturday to compare him favourably to former gaffer, Roy Hodgson.

It’s now been almost two full years since the disastrous defeat at the hands of Iceland which brought England’s Euro 2016 campaign to a shuddering halt but on the eve of the World Cup, it was a topic that Vardy was clearly keen to explore. Pulling no punches whatsoever, the Leicester City striker admitted that he and his teammates simply weren’t prepared for the prospect of falling behind on the night, laying the blame for it squarely at the current Palace boss’ door.

Admittedly, it wasn’t an anecdote thrown out by Vardy as a mere dig at Hodgson, with his sentiments instead being expressed to highlight the greater level of preparedness that has been encouraged and worked on under Southgate’s watch. He may not have been many people’s first choice when he was first given the job by the FA but ahead of the 23-man squad heading out to Russia, it’s clear to see that Vardy and his teammates feel both comfortable and free to express themselves under him.

On a domestic front, I fail to see how anyone, either inside or outside the Palace bubble can fault the job Roy Hodgson has done at Selhurst Park but nationally, there is simply no getting away from the fact that England’s defeat to Iceland cast a dark cloud over the Three Lions which is only just beginning to clear. Whilst I am keen not to attribute all of the blame to Roy, (the players must accept a huge amount of responsibility for the defeat too) it’s certainly interesting to see a current England player openly taking swipes at a former boss in an official press interview.

Let’s hope Gareth and his players don’t suffer a similar humiliation out in Russia, for fear of Vardy being left with egg on his face.

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  • terence carter June 11, 2018 - 8:07 am Reply

    he may well critise roy,but he hardly set himself on fire for england.in the end what roy has achieved at palace is lengendry.let,s leave it at that.

  • Ben June 11, 2018 - 8:15 am Reply

    It’s really worrying that football is heading in this direction where the players can’t think for themselves and have to be told what to do in any scenario. I know they are given a game plan to follow but surely if the game plan isn’t working, senior players should know how to get back into a game especially against a team ranked so far below them. To me, Vardy has come across in this interview as a robot. He says that nobody knew what to do to get back into the game. Using your brain would be a good start.

    • Sydenham Eagle June 11, 2018 - 8:25 am Reply

      They do, Ben. Just seems England don’t get that. No leadership and very little character. Let’s see who gets blamed when we draw 0-0 with Tunisia

  • Sydenham Eagle June 11, 2018 - 8:24 am Reply

    This is exactly why England fail miserably at tournements. Maybe Roy didn’t think they were so shit that they would struggle against a country with a population smaller than Croydon. What difference does that actually make anyway. Players always point the finger somewhere else without taking responsibility.

  • Kevo June 11, 2018 - 8:54 am Reply

    Lets be honest, we love Woy because he’s been an absolute legend for Palace but he was pretty dull with few ideas at England. Gareth is no different…..In fact this England team is possibly the worst we’ve seen in years. We’ll get behind them but we don’t expect much from a team with little flair, few ideas & hardly any top class players. Doesn’t mean I don’t wish them well though. As for Vardy’s comments…..always someone else fault.

  • Rob June 11, 2018 - 12:21 pm Reply

    Beggars belief that getting paid £100k+ a week and they can’t work out how to sort their sheite out without someone mothering them through a game.

  • SC June 11, 2018 - 3:33 pm Reply

    Stay classy, Vardy

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