Puel says Jamie Vardy could have prolonged his international career

Leicester City boss Claude Puel believes that striker Jamie Vardy could have played another 2-3 years with England. Jamie Vardy called it a day on his three-year long international career just recently.

Puel had spoken with Vardy regarding this and while he didn’t try to change his mind, the Frenchman thinks Vardy could have played a little longer for the Three Lions.

Puel said, “It was, for me, the same thing when he was an international player and he played for us. He can continue a lot for two or three seasons (for England) but it’s his decision and I respect this. He is a fantastic player but his first quality is his desire and fighting spirit. He likes running, to win battles and he’s a fantastic player.

With this good attitude will you perform in the future, of course. Am I surprised? I don’t know, I think it’s personal. The player feels at the moment to stop and to continue his (club) career. We have to respect this. It’s so difficult to manage a career with his club, his international games, travel, competitions. If he can continue with his club to keep his desire it’s a good choice.”

Christian Fuchs, Vardy’s teammate at Leicester City said that the 31-year old should be proud of his international career. Fuchs said, “We are happy to have Jamie because he is a great player and great goal-scorer who is always there when we need him. I think it is a personal decision for him. I don’t see the benefit of him standing back or not. He can be proud he played for the national team and we are proud how he performed at the World Cup in the squad, like the same as Harry. Having him around full-time is good because the banter will grow, we are happy to have him.”

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