Hodgson defends Vardy wedding decision

England manager Roy Hodgson has defended his decision to let striker Jamie Vardy leave the camp to get married.

Hodgson defends Vardy wedding decision
Above: Jamie Vardy scoring the winning goal in England's 2-1 win over Turkey | Photo: EPA

Roy Hodgson has defended his decision to let Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy leave the England squad to get married this week.

Proved the difference

​Vardy proved to be difference on Sunday as he scored his third international goal in as many games to secure a narrow 2-1 win over Turkey.

Harry Kane opened the scoring in England's first preparation game before Euro 2016 at the Etihad Stadium, before Hakan Calhanoglu equalised but Vardy spared England's blushes seven minutes from the end after Kane's missed penalty.

On the win, Hodgson told the Mail that the victories are "always pleasing" and there were some "positive aspects" and for the majority of the game they "played reasonably well".

He continued saying that there was aspects of the performance that showed the side are far from the "finished article" and there is still "work to be done".

Walk down the aisle

However, Premier League winning striker Vardy will be absent from selection for Friday's clash with Australia at the Stadium of Light as he his set to marry his fiance having canceled his nuptials last year.

Hodgson defended his decision saying ​that his wedding was planned for last June but he was called up for the friendlies for Slovenia and Ireland, meaning Vardy is "within his rights" to get married on Wednesday.

He continued saying the public might be "surprised" by his decision but Hodgson admitted that him and his staff are "satisfied" with Vardy and his performances and believes that his place in the squad isn't under "serious threat".

Above: Marcus Rshford down injured on the Wembley turf in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: Graham Chadwick / Daily Mail
Above: Marcus Rashford down injured on the Wembley turf in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: Graham Chadwick / Daily Mail

Should be raring to go

England won't be without any firepower to take on the Australian's with Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford all set to join the squad in the next few days.

There were slight doubts over Rashford who was a surprise inclusion in Hodgson's 26-man squad after he was taken off in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace but Hodgson is confident he will be fit enough to train.

Hodgson said that Rashford's injury "isn't serious" and said that they will "have to wait and see" when he arrives during the week.

England will host Australia at Sunderland's Stadium of Light on Friday, May 27, with kick-off at 7:45pm BST.