Jamie Vardy practising corners as Leicester open Hodgson talks
- By Football Burp
Jamie Vardy spent the last 24 hours practising corner kicks as news broke that Leicester City are in talks with Roy Hodgson about becoming their new manager.
Former England boss Hodgson has emerged as one of the candidates to replace Claudio Ranieri despite losing a competitive football match to Iceland a little over six months ago.
However, his domestic club record makes for better reading – he led Fulham to a UEFA Cup final, got West Brom into the top ten and received widespread plaudits for taking Liverpool into the relegation zone.
Leicester started life post-Ranieri with a 3-1 win over Liverpool under caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare, but the win was undermined by a lack of centre-forwards taking corners.
This tactic was a key feature of Hodgson’s England at Euro 2016, with Harry Kane repeatedly wellying the ball beyond everyone and off into the distant horizon.
Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, Vardy outlined his plans to make himself indispensable to Hodgson.
He said: “I was actually in the squad for Euro 2016 – I even scored against Wales, do you remember? No, I don’t suppose anyone does.
“Anyway, I got to observe Harry’s corner-taking technique at close quarters and I’ve been working hard these last 24 hours to replicate it.
“I think I’ve got the hang of clearing it over Wes Morgan, so if I can just manage to consistently leave Robert Huth leaping at thin air then by Jove I think I’ll have gotten it.”