Leicester boss Claude Puel admits he has been left a “little sad” by Jamie Vardy’s decision to retire from the England national team. Vardy confirmed earlier this week that he planned to step aside from international duty to spend more time with his family and also to allow younger players to come into Gareth Southgate’s squad.
The forward, who was a late arrival on the international stage after making his debut in 2015, has won 26 caps for his country and was a member of the squads at both Euro 2016 and this summer’s World Cup.
The 31-year-old has confirmed he will still make himself available for selection in the event of an injury crisis, but his lack of international football is likely to have a positive effect on Leicester, who will benefit from having a striker who will get extra rest throughout the season.
Foxes boss Puel is hoping to benefit from Vardy’s decision although he is not jumping for joy over the former Fleetwood star’s call.
“We discussed it about two or three weeks ago,” Puel told reporters. “He took his decision and we have to respect it.
“I’m just a little sad about his decision because for fans of the national team it was a fantastic feeling to see him playing.
“But we have to respect his decision and now he dedicates his time to his club and will continue to give his best and hopefully win a trophy.”