Ian Wright angry by Roy Hodgson's Jamie Vardy decision

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright hit out at England's use of Jamie Vardy during their friendly clash against the Netherlands. 

Wright, who racked up 33 appearances for the Three Lions during his career, couldn't understand why the Leicester City man had to track back so often during the contest. 

Vardy started alongside Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane in attack for England for the first time, but the trio failed to fire as England just about overcame Portugal, who played 55 minutes of the contest with 10 men. 


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Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling replaced Vardy in the 65th minute after the forward failed to make an impact on proceedings. 

And it's safe to say that Wright, who was working as a pundit for ITV, wasn't too happy with Roy Hodgson and co. for the way they utilised Vardy.  

Wright unhappy 

Wright stated, as per the Mirror: "Surely, Jamie Vardy is in the team to be going that (into the opposition half) way."

Wright also insisted that he couldn't 'understand' why England weren't instructed to put balls behind the Portugal defence, claiming that the main purpose of having Vardy in the team should be to stretch the game. 

Hodgson defends decision 

England boss Hodgson defended his decision to implore his strikers to defend out wide. 

“We played with split strikers,” said Hodgson, as per the Guardian. “If you play with them both through the middle with Rooney central as well you can’t defend the wide areas.

"There were some moments where you might be right and Kane and Vardy were a little too wide but their job is to split and come together at the right times. If you play with a man in behind them, you have to make sure he has space in which to run.

“I’m not prepared to accept that we didn’t play well. Portugal are ranked higher than us in the Fifa rankings, so there is no reason to be dissatisfied. We looked good, we had composure throughout the game and it would have been better to play against 11.

"I’m very pleased with three wins, we never looked like conceding a goal. I’m not prepared to add my voice to the debate [on the strikers]. We need all of our players playing well, and I’m not prepared to stand here and criticise some players. If I start being dissatisfied with three wins against Australia, Turkey and Portugal I’m going to be a hard coach to satisfy.”

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