Why Jamie Vardy did not take a penalty in England's dramatic win over Colombia in the shootouts

Why Jamie Vardy did not take a penalty in England's dramatic win over Colombia in the shootouts

- Jamie Vardy did not take a penalty in England’s win over Colombia after penalty shoot-outs

- The Leicester City star had been earmarked to take the fifth spot-kick scored by Eric Dier

- However, a groin injury stopped the English forward from taking part in the shoot-out

A groin injury sustained in the dying minutes of England's momentous shootout victory over Colombia on Tuesday night, July 3 stopped Jamie Vardy from taking a penalty for the Three Lions.

The 31-year old came on as a substitute in the 88th minute shortly before Yerry Mina restored parity for Colombia to force the tie to extra time and then penalties.

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However, Vardy, who is a regular penalty taker with his club was a conspicuous miss in England's list of the penalty takers, despite being earmarked to take a spot-kick.

Why Jamie Vardy did not take a penalty in England's dramatic win over Colombia in the shootouts

Jamie Vardy did not take a penalty in England’s win over Colombia after penalty shootouts. Photo: Getty Images

The Leicester City star would have been seen as one of the most popular picks among England's available options, boasting of an average 80 per cent conversion of penalty kicks he has taken.

Instead, Eric Dier stepped in for Vardy, with the Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder smashing home the crucial winner after Jordan Pickford had saved from Carlos Bacca to put England into the last eight.

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But it has now emerged that the reason why Vardy was not one of the five players to test their nerves was because he was injured.

In images of England’s celebrations after Dier’s shot, the Manchester City target can be seen holding his groin and hobbling slightly.

Liverpool star Jordan Henderson was the only player to miss from the spot for England as Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Kieran Trippier and Dier all successfully converted their efforts.

England coach Gareth Southgate has since weighed in on the matter, admitting that some of his wards may have picked minor injuries during the clash.

‘'We had to make a couple of changes because of injuries during the extra-time period," Metro UK quoted Southgate.
"But we knew it was a process we were in charge of and the guys executed it brilliantly," he added.

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Following their win, England will now face Sweden in the last eight on Saturday.

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