Reports have emerged that England duo Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill are to step aside from international duty to focus on spending time with family and club football.
However, neither say they are completely “shutting the door completely” and would be willing to play under exceptional circumstances.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy says he first told Southgate of his plans at the World Cup in Russia.
“This has been on my mind for a while,” the 31-year-old told the Guardian.
“I’m not getting any younger and you can see, to be fair to the gaffer, he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup.”
“Gareth said that he felt I still had a lot to offer, and we’ve not shut the door completely,” said Vardy, who scored seven goals in an England shirt.
“If the worst came to happen and everyone was injured, then obviously I wouldn’t say no.”
Chelsea defender Cahill, who made his debut in 2010 said to Chelsea TV: “I can see it is now going to a younger generation and I think it is the perfect time for me to take a step back.”
“I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and I would never shut the door.
“I’ve said that if there are injuries in the future and I’m needed to come and play then, of course, I’m available.”
Gareth Southgate is set to revealed the names for his next England squad for the Nations League clash with Spain and Switzerland friendly on Thursday.
The decisions made by the players more notably Jamie Vardy has left social media users perplexed, with many have asked whether it was the right call – check out the best and most reacted tweets on the next page.
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