Date: 7th June 2016 at 1:48pm
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England head coach Roy Hodgson has told Jamie Vardy that he must focus on England and the European Championships and not the potential move to Arsenal.

With Arsene Wenger quoted as saying Vardy won’t start for England in the opening Group Stage game, and reports saying that Arsenal wanted an answer on the potential £20million move to the Emirates Stadium before he headed off with the group to France…well England have arrived and the 29 year old was said to have had a medical on Sunday but so far news is thin, and it appears no deal has actually been done.

Hodgson is quoted as saying.

‘We are not trying to block players’ futures or transfers but, as far as we are concerned, our ongoing theme is that England is England, your club is your club. While you are with England, we want you to stay focused on us. Whether they (agents) come to the hotel or not is a moot point. They will be talking to the players face to face, on the phone or via Skype or Facebook – who the hell knows? – but one thing this group of players know and have accepted is that when you are on England duty, you are on England duty. It is not a question of you sorting out your future, or diving off for medicals. We control all of that and you have to accept there is a good chance that, if you say you want to go for a medical, that we will say: ‘We are not allowing that and you better bring your people here.”

In reality the only thing that’s known for sure is long serving Andy King has been quoted as saying that should he go, Vardy would obviously be a loss, but it won’t damage the team spirit – and presumably despite pundit comments, he also doesn’t believe Vardy leaving would be the start of an exodus.

‘I wasn’t surprised when I heard about Vards because all of our players have had brilliant seasons and are going to be linked with big clubs. Nothing has happened yet and it will probably be a long transfer window. But I don’t think it will affect the squad. It is 25 players in a squad and, if one or two decide they want to go and play their football elsewhere, we wish them all the best. We want to keep our best players and hopefully add to that.’

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