No problem with nicotine pouches – Vardy

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy insists England’s medical staff are happy for him to use nicotine pouches as part of his preparation for Euro 2016 games.

The striker scored against Wales and could start against Slovakia on Monday.

He was pictured holding a pouch of powdered chewing tobacco – snus – a practice questioned by health experts.

Asked what England’s back-up team thought, Vardy, 29, said: “They are fine. There’s nothing wrong with them. They are more than happy I’m on them.”

The Leicester forward, whose goal helped England beat Wales 2-1 in Lens, added: “The nicotine pouch is not something I need regularly. It’s just something I needed at the time.”

Vardy also revealed his unconventional match preparations included not going into the gym as part of his fitness regime.

He said: “There is no pressure at all on me to do that here. They are just happy for me to be doing what I do at club football. It has worked for me this season and in previous seasons, so I don’t see why I should change it now.

“My diet is not unorthodox. I just eat like anyone else – that’s just how I am. Everyone is different. It is just my metabolism that keeps me this slim.”

Vardy declined to comment on continued transfer speculation, prompted by Arsenal activating a £20m release clause in his contract. The Gunners hoped to do a deal before he flew to France but the striker left without making a decision.

“I am completely focused on England and that is all I want to do at the moment,” he said.

Vardy could start Monday’s game after he and Daniel Sturridge scored when they replaced Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane at half-time against Wales, with England trailing 1-0.

While he hopes to start, he would have no complaints if he was used as an impact substitute once more.

“I’d be more than happy with that,” said Vardy. “It’s up to the boss. He picks the team he thinks can get the win. We’ll have to wait until Monday to see what team he puts out then hopefully we can get the job done.”

Vardy’s pace could be a potent weapon late on in a tournament, a tactic he admitted he could see Hodgson employing.

He said: “I can see the logic definitely. When players are getting tired it is probably easier to exploit but I am happy either way.

“It is down to me with what I do in training to hopefully get into the gaffer’s mind to maybe get a start. We will see what happens.”

He added: “We have 23 in the squad and it’s a team game. If something’s not working, you’re going to need to bring someone off the bench and everyone’s willing to make an impact. If that’s what needed in the next game, we’ll do it.”

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