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French tactician Arsene Wenger believes Jamie Vardy will not start for the Red Lions at the European Championships.
Wenger revealed he expects England manager Roy Hodgson to overlook the 29-year-old due to his lack of experience of top level football.
However, Wenger is yet to comment directly on the deal but he believes Hodgson may leave him on the bench at the start of the tournament.
“I don’t think that he will be a starter,” Wenger told beIN Sports, according to The Evening Standard. “I don’t say this because he does not have the quality, but because he doesn’t have enough experience at that level to say the whole tournament will depend on Vardy. Football progresses always — the offence creates a new problem, the defence responds.
“What has happened in the last ten years is that the strikers have become quicker and quicker. What’s happened? The defence have responded by creating quicker and quicker defenders. So now to put strikers in who are slow you have a problem, so pace will be needed.”
“He will use two or three,” the Arsenal boss added. “You cannot use six because in an international tournament, as we said before, it’s about coping in the weak moments of your game. It’s about not making a mistake at an important moment of the game and that’s down to experience.
“You don’t win a big tournament with players between 20 and 23. Impossible. That doesn’t exist in the history of the big tournaments. You win with players between 25 and 30. He will