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Leicester striker Jamie Vardy considers England return for Euro 2020

Two more goals in 4-0 victory over Aston Villa and Vardy could be ideal replacement with Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford recovering from injuries

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is considering a return to the England squad for Euro 2020.

First-choices Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford are both nursing injuries, and 33-year-old Vardy would be an idea replacement for coach Gareth Southgate if either don't return to fitness in time for the tournament in June and July.

Vardy, who retired from England duty following the World Cup in 2018, is the Premier League's top scorer this season with 19 goals, following his double in Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night.

With Tottenham's Kane recovering from a hamstring operation he suffered in January and Manchester United's Rashford out with a back issue, Vardy has emerged as an option.

"Who knows? Gareth and I both agreed the door would still be open for whatever reason and then we would sit down and have a talk about it," Vardy, who has seven goals in 26 appearances for England, said after the victory over Villa.

"We've not had the chat or anything yet and nothing has been spoken about. The lads (Kane and Rashford) are out injured, but they're looking to be back in time. So only time will tell."

Southgate said last week both Kane, who returned to training on Monday, and Rashford were on track in their recoveries but would not close the door on a recall for Vardy.

Brendan Rodgers hopes Leicester can kick on from the confidence-boosting 4-0 win over Villa, with Harvey Barnes joining Vardy in scoring twice and boosting their claims on a place in next season's Champions League.

The Foxes had won just one of their previous seven Premier League games, but remain in third and restored an eight-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United in the battle for a top-four finish.

"The last few games we haven't been at our level. In terms of attacking, we were much better this evening. After the first goal we went on and played very well," said Rodgers.

"Early on you could see our confidence wasn't where it has been. The only way you regain that confidence is hard work and these players have been brilliant."

Defeat leaves Villa rooted in the relegation zone and there was little from the visitors to suggest they can save themselves in the final 10 games of the season.

No side has conceded more goals in the Premier League this season than Villa and it was easy to see why as Leicester passed up a host of simple chances from poorly defended set-pieces early on.

"We started the game quite well but then we didn't defend corners well enough and we had a big mistake for the (first) goal," said Villa boss Dean Smith.

"Individual mistakes are costing us. We need to get better."

Updated: March 10, 2020 08:40 AM

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