England manager Roy Hodgson has appeared to confirm Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane will both be included in his England squad for Euro 2016. The 68-year-old boss has delayed naming his squad until after the final round of Premier League fixtures, but has suggested the two top-scoring Englishmen in the top flight will be on the plane to France.
Hodgson made the announcement in his programme notes for the Football Writers' Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year awards at the Landmark Hotel in London, where Vardy collected the top prize of the evening. "It's his goals that single Jamie out as very special," Hodgson, who could not attend the awards in person, wrote of the Leicester City striker, according to the Daily Mail.
Vardy and Kane are currently vying with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero to become the top goalscorer in this season's Premier League, and Hodgson admitted he is fortunate to have so many high-quality strikers who he can call upon. Alongside Kane and Vardy, Hodgson could also name the likes of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge in his squad, although he will be without the services of Daniel Welbeck because of injury.
"At the time of writing I am fortunate to have a group of English strikers in such a rich vein of form going into the European Championships, with both Jamie and Harry Kane right at the top of the goal-scoring charts," the England boss reflected.
"This afternoon I named my squad of 23 who will travel to France and represent England in Euro 2016. For all of those 23 players named, but this year in particular the strikers, they are at the pinnacle of their game, have seen off fierce competition for their squad place and proved their worth over a sustained period of time.
"It just remains for me to formally congratulate Jamie on this well-deserved honour. I'm sorry that I can't be at the dinner this evening but hope that Jamie and all the FWA guests have a wonderful night. And Jamie, there is no need to pinch yourself, you're not dreaming!"
Vardy's goals inspired Leicester's against-the-odds title win and led to his first-ever call-up for the England national team. The 29-year-old star scored his first goal in England colours in their 3-2 against Germany earlier this season and is in contention to start the Three Lions' opening game of the tournament against Russia on 11 June.