Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has defended Jamie Vardy (our early loser) after he came under attack from Alan Shearer.
Premier League record scorer Shearer accused Vardy on Monday of “sulking” and a “lack of effort” in the 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, but Ranieri insisted he gave his striker, who has not scored for club and country in eight games, instructions to stay with Chelsea defender David Luiz.
He said: “I think ex-players can say everything. Shearer is a fantastic scorer but some months you can score, some months you can’t.
“If he’s speaking about Chelsea I told Jamie to stay with David Luiz. I wanted to give a point of reference to my players, counter attack and leave him with David Luiz – not his fault, it’s mine maybe.
“It’s important he stays calm, keeps his strength and he will score a goal.”
Vardy has this week made it onto our list of English players woefully out of form.