Hodgson hails Vardy but hints at Walcott exclusion

Date published: Thursday 31st March 2016 9:50

Theo Walcott: Could miss out on England squad for Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson expects to see Jamie Vardy in an England shirt “for a long time to come” but has hinted Theo Walcott could miss out on a Euro 2016 place.

The questions Hodgson faces defensively are quite different to those about at the other end of the field, thanks to the impressive options at his disposal.

Vardy’s fine form, like Harry Kane’s, has increased competition, and the Leicester City striker is pushing to start in France, never mind secure a squad place, after following up his exquisite flick against Germany by opening the scoring on Tuesday.

“We’re happy with him,” Hodgson said. “His task now, first of all, will be to make certain he fires Leicester to a Premier League win.

“That will be his major goal but as long as he can keep that form going, then I’m sure he is someone we will be looking forward to seeing in an England shirt for a long time to come.

“He’s 29 so he’s not a youngster compared to the others, but he’s very, very young in terms of his top-class playing career.

“He’s a very fit guy so he’s not going to be burnt out at the age of 31, 32, like some fellas, to be fair, who get into the first-team under pressure at 16, you’ve had 14 years of it. Jamie at 32 will have had four or five years of it.”

Walcott, meanwhile, was a player thrown in as a teenager and, while far from burnt out, needs to prove his worth ahead of Euro 2016 after a frustrating campaign with Arsenal.

“For Theo, he, like quite a lot of other players, will have to try hard to get back in the Arsenal team otherwise maybe I am not going to be seeing enough of him,” Hodgson said.

“But we know Theo Walcott, we know what Theo can do. It will be a balance.”

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