‘I needed to rest up and keep the legs fresh’: Jamie Vardy insists retiring from England duty is the reason for his brilliant form after firing Leicester to another title tilt and rising to the top of the Premier League scoring chart

  • Jamie Vardy announced his retirement from international football in 2018
  • Vardy says his decision has ‘massively paid off’ as he now has more time to rest
  • The striker revealed he can now do seven weeks of pre-season training
  • Vardy is the Premier League’s top goalscorer so far this season with 12 goals 

Jamie Vardy says his decision to retire from international football in 2018 is the reason behind his fine form for Leicester City.

Vardy called time on his England career after World Cup 2018 after citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

Since then, the striker’s form has blossomed for Leicester and he’s currently the Premier League‘s leading scorer this term on 12 goals. 

Jamie Vardy says his retirement from England duty is the reason for his form for Leicester City

Jamie Vardy says his retirement from England duty is the reason for his form for Leicester City

Vardy retired from England duty in 2018, citing a desire to spend more time with his family

Vardy retired from England duty in 2018, citing a desire to spend more time with his family

Vardy says he was able to spend a full seven weeks getting fit for the new season

Vardy says he was able to spend a full seven weeks getting fit for the new season

‘I retired because I needed to rest up, I needed to keep the legs fresh,’ he told the Amazon’s Back of the Net show. ‘I had seven weeks off to prepare for the new season and the rigours it brings in pre-season, which is the worst part ever.

‘That is one thing I can happily say I don’t forward to and I hate the gym. The most I have spent in the gym at Leicester is walking around saying: ‘well done lads, get those weights lifted.’

Jamie Vardy 19/20 

Age: 32

Appearances: 14

Goals: 12

Assists: 3

Vardy’s form has helped to fire Leicester into second place in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

The club’s form has sparked memories of their title-winning success back in 2015 and Vardy took the time to reflect on that achievement. 

‘For me (I believed we could win it) after Manchester City away, as soon as we won 3-1,’ he added. ‘That was me thinking: ‘we can actually do this’.

‘The last game against Everton, what an experience that was. It was absolute scenes.’ 

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