Wanted Jamie Vardy won’t be distracted, insists Daniel Sturridge

Jamie Vardy will not let speculation over his club future cloud focus on helping England win Euro 2016, according to international team-mate Daniel Sturridge.

Leicester forward Vardy left for France on Monday still considering a proposed £20m (€25.6m) move to Arsenal, with the Premier League champions reportedly set to make a new improved contract offer to keep him at the King Power Stadium.

England boss Roy Hodgson has been firm in his insistence club matters should not distract his players from their duty with the national team as preparations continue ahead of the opening Group B game against Russia in Marseille on Saturday.

Liverpool forward Sturridge believes whatever may need to be decided by Vardy on domestic issues, it will have no impact on how the striker readies himself for the immediate challenges ahead in France over the coming weeks.

“That is what everyone is here to do: Concentrate on England and not focus on the speculation outside of that,” Sturridge said.

“It is about going there with the right mentality and the right frame of mind, and Jamie’s exactly that way. He is not worrying about anything other than England.”

There had been reports Vardy was set to make his decision before leaving with the rest of the England squad for France, with suggestions the apparent delay may now mean the player is inclined to remain with Leicester rather than join the Gunners.


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