JAMIE VARDY is likely to start England’s crucial friendly against Italy this week, and with high hopes for a starting spot in Russia he will probably want to touch the ball this time.
But the pacey forward claimed his lack of action on the ball was offset by pulling his weight off the ball for the team.
He said: “I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before, but I did do a lot of running.
“I came on at a time when Holland were trying to get a goal back.
“As a striker you do sometimes have to sacrifice, we just want to make sure we attack as a team and defend as a team, so I had to help out the midfield as well.”
“Above all, it’s encouraging for the entire team. Going into tournaments you don’t want to have just one plan.
“It gives us options and the performance we put in on Friday shows we can play different formations and we might have to use that in the World Cup.”
Vardy has seven goals in his last nine appearances and will hope to start with Harry Kane rather then competing with the Tottenham forward.
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He added: “I’m hopeful I’ll have my chance to play from the start against Italy, but it’s up to the boss what formation he plays and which players he wants to pick, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
With Kane out injured, Vardy is England’s best No9, and with the World Cup fast approaching he will want to assert himself as the man who can score the goals to fire the Three Lions through the rounds.
That, of course, will involve touching the ball first.