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Vardy doubtful for England's World Cup quarter-final after last-minute penalty switch

The Leicester City striker came on as a substitute in the shootout win over Colombia, but he is struggling with a groin problem.

Vardy up against Colombian defender Yerry Mina last night.
Vardy up against Colombian defender Yerry Mina last night.

ENGLAND FORWARD JAMIE Vardy will have an assessment on a groin injury sustained in their World Cup last-16 win over Colombia.

Vardy came on as a late substitute in normal time of Tuesday’s game in Moscow, which ended 1-1 after Yerry Mina cancelled out Harry Kane’s penalty with an injury-time equaliser.

The Leicester City striker suffered a groin strain in extra-time, during which neither team was able to find a winner.

Vardy had been reportedly set to take England’s fifth penalty in the subsequent shoot-out, but Eric Dier stepped up in his stead and scored the decisive spot-kick.

The 31-year-old has started in just one of his three appearances at the tournament, playing the full 90 minutes in the loss to Belgium.

England are set to face Sweden in the last eight in Samara, though Vardy’s availability is in doubt as they bid to progress to the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

The winner of that tie will face either Croatia or Russia in the last four.

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