Count former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher among the many taking Roy Hodgson to task for his lineup decision in the Three Lions’ 1-1 draw against Russia to open up their Euro 2016 campaign.
Though he was upset by the missed opportunity for three points, he was flummoxed by the fact that Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy never even saw the pitch.
Per Squawka News, Carragher took to Twitter after the draw and criticized Hodgson’s decision to keep Vardy off the pitch for the entire match – a performance in which the defense finally succumbed in the waning seconds and gave up an equalizer.
Didn’t deserve that, played very well. One gripe, if you don’t bring Vardy on in that game when else would you? Pace on CA & ageing CB’s.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) June 11, 2016
After a scoreless first half and chippy early second half, Dier broke the tie at the 73rd minute. Content with the team’s performance, Hodgson substituted Wayne Rooney for Jack Wilshere and then Raheem Sterling for Jamies Milner – but kept the third sub in pocket. In the end, England’s inability to apply pressure up front cost them dearly as Vasili Berezutski made the equalizer at the 90+2′ mark.
Vardy was the Premier League Player of the Season, leading Leicester City in scoring with 24 goals and earning a spot on the England roster. In eight caps he scored three times and was added to the final 23-man squad for Euro 2016.
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