Vardy wants clarity on VAR confusion

Vardy wants clarity on VAR confusion

If it was the first goal that England have shipped in 10 hours and 24 minutes of football (since Slovakia scored in September last year), then it was also the first time the Italians had found the net in four games, a relief for a country whose confidence is at rock bottom following their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Jamie Vardy was on target for England as they drew with Italy 1-1 in their latest worldwide friendly at Wembley.

Vardy's seventh England goal was cancelled out by a late penalty from Lorenzo Insigne that was awarded when the on-field referee Deniz Aytekin reviewed his original decision using technology.

Leicester City striker Vardy feels confusion around VAR is not helping players or fans ahead of its implementation at the World Cup in Russian Federation and thinks displaying more information on stadium screens could be a way forward. "You don't know what's going on, and you're just standing there waiting".

England boss Gareth Southgate complained afterwards that the Tarkowski incident was not "clear and obvious", citing the guidelines for VAR where such a phrase actually does not feature.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Vardy immediately said "Don't ask me about VAR".

"He likes to drop in and get on the ball, so it gave me the opportunity to stretch their defence as far as possible to create little pockets of space for Raheem".

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"I think that's the worst thing about it, for the fans too", said Vardy.

"They use it in other sports when they can put it on the big screen so everyone can see what the video ref is looking at".

"I think we're still going to go into challenges we think we can win". I happened to think it was, but that's not the point.

Pointing out that referees have been directed to turn to VAR only if an incident is "clear and obvious", Southgate said: "I'm glad it's not the World Cup just yet. It's one you can debate all day".

Of course, when Kane is fit, the Tottenham striker will nearly certainly start in the World Cup, but Vardy thinks it's possible the two could play together.

"It's still down to the referees to get the right decision in the first place. They don't want to go to VAR all the time to change the decision they have made, so it's all about practice".