legend white Vardy has netted just three times this term – although
he was nominated for the Ballon d'Or along with Foxes team-mate Riyad Mahrez on
Monday having scored 24 times last season as Leicester clinched a shock title by
16 purecontrol red "All goalscorers have periods where they are not
scoring. History and records over the years shows you what they are likely to
fall back into and his scoring record is phenomenal," Southgate told Press
"I have played with Alan Shearer when he went through the same – and Andy
Cole. Over a long period of time if they have a record of one in two or one in
three they will come back to that.
"You can take a small sample of games for any player but that's all it is.
You have to look longer-term, especially with goalscorers. He has proven himself
at every level."
Southgate selected Vardy, who has four goals in 12 caps, in his first squad
for World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia with the forward a
substitute in the 2-0 win over Malta.
He scored in Leicester's 2-1 Community Shield defeat to Manchester United and
netted in back-to-back games against Swansea and Liverpool in August and
September but has not found the net since.
X 16.1 sliver
fg The make-up of Southgate's next squad for the World Cup
qualifier with Scotland and friendly against Spain in November is unlikely to
change greatly meaning Vardy could still feature despite his lack of goals.
soccer shoes Southgate is wary about disrupting the group too much,
along with the Under-21 squad, and suggested those with the Young Lions may have
to wait for a senior call-up as they prepare for Euro 2017.
"We have to think carefully about that because when you do move a player up
it does change the dynamic for them," said Southgate. "That group are going very
well as a core and starting to look forward to the Euros and I don't want to
disrupt that too much unless they are coming in to play or we think it's
absolutely the right thing.
black "There are a lot of other players around who are outside of
the Under-21 group who we also have to watch closely."