‘I would have NEVER retired from England’

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‘I would have NEVER retired from England’


Peter Crouch has told talkSPORT he sympathises with Jamie Vardy about his decision to hang up his boots for England, but insists he would have NEVER retired from representing the Three Lions.

Vardy called it a day with the national team following their run to the World Cup semi-finals this summer.

The Leicester City striker made himself unavailable for selection as Gareth Southgate prepares for the start of his side’s qualification campaign for the 2020 European Championships – which kicks off against Spain on Saturday evening.

Vardy, who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances for England, has said he ‘hasn’t shut the door completely’ and ‘wouldn’t say no’ if asked to return to help solve an injury crisis.

Vardy made four appearances at the World Cup, but started just one game – the Group G dead rubber against Belgium

Vardy made four appearances at the World Cup, but started just one game – the Group G dead rubber against Belgium

Crouch – who was hailed for his brilliant strike-rate in a Three Lions shirt, scoring 22 goals in 42 appearances – has not been called up to the England squad since 2010 after being dropped by Fabio Capello.

But the 37-year-old insists he has never officially hung up his boots from the national side and would have NEVER called it quits.

Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the Stoke City striker said: “I don’t think I would have ever retired.

“But, having said that, I understand where Jamie Vardy is coming from to a certain degree.

“I’ve been there, certainly with Fabio Capello towards the end.

Crouchy scored against France in his last appearance for England back in 2010

Crouchy scored against France in his last appearance for England back in 2010

“You go away for ten days, everyone else is with their families or relaxing, and you don’t even get any minutes.

“You literally train, sit in a hotel and you’re bored stiff while you could be doing other things and resting.

“So although I wouldn’t do it, I do sympathise with Vardy because I’ve been there.

“It’s one of those things people don’t like to see, because it looks like you’re turning your back on your country – but I’m sure he hasn’t done that.”

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