Jamie Vardy punches himself in the face during friendly against Turkey - and then scores

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It was an interesting 90 minutes for Jamie Vardy during England’s friendly against Turkey.

The Three Lions may have won 2-1 with the Leicester striker scoring the winner, but it didn’t go all swimmingly for Vardy.

First of all, he played the majority of the match on the left wing - something that angered many England fans.


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Harry Kane was leading the line, playing down the middle, with Vardy on the left and Raheem Sterling on the right. Although he possesses brilliant pace, Vardy’s game is hassling the centre-backs - rather than running down the wing.

The frustrations clearly got to Vardy during the first-half as he could be seen punching himself in the face.

It was a strange way to express your anger.

It clearly did the trick, though. In the second-half, Vardy was hitting someone else in the face - not with a punch but with a shot.

Vardy secured an unconvincing win for Roy Hodgson’s side when he pounced on a loose ball in the penalty box to smash the ball into the back of net - via the face of Turkey’s goalkeeper.

It was a goal that Vardy deserved. He was lively during the friendly and won a penalty with 20 minutes remaining when he was brought down in the box. Vardy wasn’t given the opportunity to take it as Kane picked up the ball but put his effort wide.

Vardy would have done himself no harm as he bids for a starting place for England’s first Euro 2016 match against Russia. He just needs to stop punching himself in the face.

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