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Jamie Vardy, opened in England, returns amid fears of fitness for Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford

Jamie Vardy left the door open for an England recall ahead of this summer’s European Championships as Gareth Southgate sweats for the fitness of Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

The Leicester front man called the time of his international career after the 2018 World Cup.

But his form this year for the Foxes has seen him connected with a return as the Three Lions aim for glory with the final stages of the tournament at Wembley.

Kane and Rashford are said to be above Vardy in pecking order but the pair may not participate in the tournament or at least not be fully fit.

Jamie Vardy has been in excellent shape this season

And the 33-year-old admits that he and Southgate have not discussed a return to England, but it is something he would consider.

He said to Sky Sports: “Who knows? Gareth and I both agreed that the door would still be open for any reason and then we would sit down and talk about it [if needed].

“We haven’t had any chat or anything yet and nothing has been said. The boys (Kane and Rashford) are injured, but they’re trying to go back in time. So only time will tell.

Harry Kane limped off the field on New Years Day

Marcus Rashford was sidelined with a back injury

“I won’t lie, I had a few more days during international breaks, so I was able to completely detach myself from football and it is always useful sometimes.

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“Knowing that when you come back is constant again, it’s 100 percent calcium every day, so it’s one of those things that helped me.”

Vardy is the Premier League top scorer during this period with 17 hits – ahead of Kane, Rashford and Tammy Abraham.

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The Tottenham striker hasn’t played since the first of the year while the Manchester United shooter was last seen in mid-January.

Kane has returned to training but Rashford is still sidelined.

Danny Ings and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are some of the other options available for Southgate before this summer’s tournament.


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