Football player Vardy finally getting married...at 4th attempt
ABS-CBN Sports on May 24, 2016 02:02 PM
England's Jamie Vardy, centre, is tackled by Turkey's Secuk Inan during their international friendly soccer match at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It seems Jamie Vardy is better at scoring goals than arranging a wedding.
The Leicester and England striker is finally getting married on Wednesday after three previous attempts to wed fiancee Rebekah — in June 2015 and then twice this year — were aborted because dates wound up clashing with international duty.
Vardy will briefly leave the England squad that is preparing for the upcoming European Championship in France, and is missing the warm-up match against Australia on Friday — even though he said he'd be prepared to play in that game.
"There is no honeymoon. I'll have to take that next year some time," Vardy said.
"It will be a very quiet night on Wednesday. Obviously I hope all the guests have a good time but I will have a quiet one. I've not got a curfew but at the end of the day, I'm a professional and understand what has to be done so will be making sure I get plenty of sleep ready to come back in."
England coach Roy Hodgson was happy to give Vardy time off.
"I'm really not concerned. I hope he will be sensible and I believe he will be sensible," Hodgson said. "I know he really is desperate to be selected to go to the Euros and do a good job so I'm pretty confident when I see him on Saturday morning he will be fine.
"I'd have liked him to have rescheduled (the wedding) for a bit earlier, or a lot later, than he has done. The reasons for that, I don't know, but I could guess he probably thought he would get a week to 10 days off at the end of the season, because that is what we have done traditionally."
Vardy is coming off a breakthrough season in which he scored 24 Premier League goals to help Leicester become the most unlikely English champion in years. He has taken his club form onto the international stage, too, scoring in his last three England games — most recently the late winner in a 2-1 victory over Turkey on Sunday.
"I don't really get nervous (in games), it's strange," Vardy said. "But I will probably be nervous when I'm stood at end of the aisle and she's still not turned up yet."
Vardy said he is still pinching himself at his rise to stardom. Four seasons ago, he was playing non-league football and now he is one of the biggest names in the English game and about to feature in his first major tournament.
His career is even set to be depicted in a Hollywood movie.
"That's starting in 2017," he said. "It's very interesting."