World Cup hero Hurst wouldn’t pick England duo again

Date published: Friday 7th September 2018 10:36 - Ian Watson

World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst has questioned the decision of Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill to retire from international duty.

The duo, who were both part of the England squad to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia in the summer, have made themselves unavailable for Gareth Southgate’s latest squad to concentrate on club football.

With the England boss set to turn his focus towards younger players despite the recent success, the likes of Cahill and Ashley Young were unlikely to be called upon barring an emergency but Vardy would have been expected to take his place on the bench in the upcoming UEFA Nations League match against Spain on Saturday.

And while they have not fully turned their back on the national side, Hurst has been critical of the decision.

He said: “While there’s plenty to be positive about our national side right now, I must admit I was disappointed to see Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill choose to retire from international duty.

“I’m a firm believer that players should play for their country as long as they possibly can.

“My team-mates and I would have given our last breath to continue playing for England.

“I also don’t like when players say they’ll make themselves available again if there are injuries or suspensions.

“In my view, if I was England manager, then I wouldn’t pick those players ever again.”

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