In most countries it’d be understandable when somebody has to leave work to get married, but England striker Jamie Vardy has been criticized for disrupting the nation’s Euro 2016 preparations with his wedding.
The Leicester striker Vardy had also scored for England as they beat Turkey 2-1 in this international preparation match on Sunday. The other scorer was Harry Kane.
“For large swaths of the game we played reasonably well,” said England manager Roy Hodgson.
“But Turkey had some good moments. We’re not the finished article, there’s work to be done.”
Then Hodgson moved on to defend Vardy on leaving the camp.
“Yes, the public might think it odd,” continued the manager. “The major reason was he had to cancel his wedding last year when I called him up. So it was more difficult for me than it would have been otherwise to complain about this week’s date. We also changed the time of our meeting-up. When Jamie planned the wedding he thought he’d get a week or 10 days off at the end of the season.
“You’d have to ask him about the wedding but we know Jamie, we’re satisfied with him. I don’t think his place in the team, or the squad, is under enormous threat. And in some ways the competition for places has perked up because the Manchester United players join us.”
Man of the Match against Turkey, Danny Rose spoke about how the England team needs to defend better.
“We’re definitely optimistic, but the message from the manager was we have to defend better if we’re going to go anywhere in the European Championship,” the Tottenham left-back said.
“We’ll give ourselves a good platform to build on in the Euros.”
“Four months ago I wouldn’t have thought I would be in this position. It’s surreal,” Rose said.
“I’m trying to enjoy every minute and take my club form into international level. Thanks to my team-mates for helping me and making me feel comfortable.
“I’m thankful that I’m here. I had a good season at Spurs and that’s down to my team-mates and it’s special for me to share this occasion with four Tottenham team-mates and it helps.”