Date: 21st October 2015 at 3:51pm
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It happens all the time. A player plays so well for his club that he is chosen to play England. The national manager then chooses to place the player in a totally different position and role to the one he plays for his team week in and week out.

Step forward the latest man to suffer at the hands of the England manager – Jamie Vardy.

Leicester City currently boast almost a full team of internationals, including the captains of Austria and Switzerland (Fuchs & Inler). Are these players played out of position? Not at all.

Vardy, who has just admitted to be given a free role down the centre at Leicester City, is currently the country’s highest scoring striker this season.

26 September 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Leicester City v Arsenal - Jamie Vardy of Leicester City in action with Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Vardy deserves England striking chance

On his own he has scored more goals than at least six English top flight teams as a whole, including Liverpool. A recent newspaper report has him currently as the third best striker in the top 5 European leagues for goals scored.

This is the form and position that got him picked for England at the back end of last season and saw him complete the rise from non league to national side. But his performances for England have, to be unfortunately honest, been less than impressive.

Picked by Roy Hodgson, who was watching him when he was a club manager, you could say Vardy, like a few players before him, has had his international career ended before it has even started by a national manager who tries to put square pegs in square holes.

Surely the easiest part of being England’s manager is choosing the formation then see who’s the best players playing in those positions. Obviously not for Mr Hodgson.

Hard to ignore on the form he was showing, injuries to key England strikers also help his case for an extended run in the squad.

But what chance has  Hodgson actually given to Vardy to prove he deserved his call-up?

Firstly, he played him for the last 15 minutes in a meaningless end of season goal less friendly against the ROI, before he was played out of position against San Marino. Square pegs Roy, square pegs.

His next appearance was a cameo five minutes against Estonia in which he managed to create more than main striker Harry Kane did in 90, setting up England’s second goal for Raheem Sterling.

A full 90 minutes was his reward against Lithuania on their plastic pitch in which Hodgson decided to rest his best players. A drab game, despite the win;  it was probably a night Vardy himself will want to forget.

Again he was played out wide on the left, often failing to support the other two strikers obviously following Hodgson’s orders to stay back and hardly getting into the game. When he was on the left the play went down the right and when he swapped it went down the left.

Again Kane was the central striker despite firing blanks for most of the season.

So will his performance get him a seat on the plane to France? With the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck to come back along with Wayne Rooney and Sterling I think Roy will choose Kane if he goes for an extra striker.

Call me an old cynic but I can see Hodgson dropping Vardy, claiming “I gave him his chance”. I just hope I’m wrong but we’ve seen it all before.

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