Tuesday, 7 June 2016

England Boss Roy Hodgson is worried over Jamie Vardy's delay decision to Arsenal move

Jamie Vardy's delayed decision on Arsenal move worries Roy Hodgson as England boss wants full focus on Euro 2016 opener

England's arrival in Chantilly was like a scene from the Belvoir Hunt and for Jamie Vardy it seemed appropriate. His pursuers are dressed in red, after all.
But Roy Hodgson will be more relaxed about five glamorous women on horseback, here to escort his squad to the doors of their opulent hotel, than he will the timing of Arsenal's move for the Footballer of the Year.
It is an unwelcome distraction for an England manager who wants his players focused only on Saturday's opening European Championship encounter with Russia, because it is sure to be unsettling Vardy at his first major tournament. 
England striker Jamie Vardy (centre) arrived in France on Monday ahead of the European Championship 

England striker Jamie Vardy (centre) arrived in France on Monday ahead of the European Championship 
The Leicester City striker is still mulling over a possible move to Arsenal but nothing has been sorted yet

The Leicester City striker is still mulling over a possible move to Arsenal but nothing has been sorted yet

The release clauses in his contract at Leicester have sparked a race for his signature and while Arsenal lead the pursuit, others have also been hovering.
On Monday, David Sullivan said West Ham had considered a move only to be scared off by what the club chairman described as 'potty' numbers.
For Vardy the decision is a huge one. There is the pull of remaining with that remarkable Leicester team as they embark on a most unexpected Champions League adventure. Or the chance to join one of the most powerful clubs in Europe and work under the guidance of a manager of the stature of Arsene Wenger.
Money, of course, is a major consideration, too, but Vardy is going to be significantly richer come what may. On Monday night there was a suggestion Leicester had gone close to matching Arsenal's offer of £120,000 a week, no doubt guaranteeing a further round of frantic calls and another sleepless night. The turmoil the situation might be causing to one of his players will concern Hodgson, even if this is not unfamiliar territory for the FA.
Steven Gerrard blamed his poor form at Euro 2004 on a mind conflicted by his loyalty towards Liverpool against the draw of being signed for £50million by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Indeed, Rafa Benitez's visit to the team hotel in Lisbon — for what ultimately proved a successful bid to persuade Gerrard to stay at Anfield — led to a change in policy at the FA that put a stop to visits from agents and club officials at the team base during tournaments. 
Roy Hodgson wants his players focused only on Saturday's opening Euro 2016 encounter with Russia

Roy Hodgson wants his players focused only on Saturday's opening Euro 2016 encounter with Russia
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has triggered Vardy's release clause by bidding £20million for the striker

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has triggered Vardy's release clause by bidding £20million for the striker

Hodgson wanted Vardy's situation resolved before his players boarded their flight to France on Monday

Hodgson wanted Vardy's situation resolved before his players boarded their flight to France on Monday
He wanted Vardy's situation resolved before his players boarded their flight to France on Monday morning and it will frustrate him that the matter is ongoing, particularly when he has already been generous enough during the build-up to let Vardy disappear for a couple of days to get married.
The mood at the FA was certainly less than sympathetic with that in mind, not to mention the fact that there was a three-day window after Thursday night's friendly against Portugal when Vardy could have made a decision one way or the other.
If Vardy does need more time to reach that point, and clear his mind for the international commitments ahead, he will have to ask Hodgson personally. But Hodgson will be less than amused when that first game is only a few days away and the pressure is now on. 
The 29-year-old played a starring role in Leicester's Premier League triumph by scoring 24 top-flight goals 

The 29-year-old played a starring role in Leicester's Premier League triumph by scoring 24 top-flight goals 
David Sullivan (pictured) said West Ham had considered a move only to be scared off by  'potty' numbers

David Sullivan (pictured) said West Ham had considered a move only to be scared off by 'potty' numbers

SUPER STAT 

Leicester have four players at Euro 2016 (Jamie Vardy, N'Golo Kante, Andy King and Christian Fuchs) — as many as the Foxes sent to the last three Euros combined!
What he wants are players committed only to the England cause. 'One team, one dream,' reads the slogan on the official team bus and England minds have to be clear for the challenge ahead.
Compare Vardy, for instance, to Jordan Henderson. He spent his three days off working out in the gym, his only objective to walk into the England training complex for that first session on French soil on Monday night and prove to Hodgson and his staff that he is fit and ready for Russia.
That is the kind of player Hodgson needs. Not a 29-year-old forward tormented by a decision that could have a major impact on a career that has been so late to blossom.
Jordan Henderson has been working hard to prove to Hodgson and his staff that he is fit and ready for Russia

Jordan Henderson has been working hard to prove to Hodgson and his staff that he is fit and ready for Russia
The England squad pose for a photo alongside the Mayor of Chantilly in the reception of their hotel 

The England squad pose for a photo alongside the Mayor of Chantilly in the reception of their hotel 

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