Yes, you heard that right, England have won a match in the World Cup after beating their opponents in a penalty shootout.
This is the first time that the Three Lions have managed to achieve such a feat and that too with some difficulty.
England were put in lead thanks to captain Harry Kane who converted from the penalty spot. And Gareth Southgate’s side were on the verge of a 90-minute scheduled victory but Yerry Mina’s injury-time strike abruptly halted the celebrations.
The match then went on into extra time which proved to be dull as both the teams had a penalty shootout at the back of their minds.
And it was during the shootout that England keeper Jordan Pickford turned out to be the hero of the game – catapulting the Three Lions to the quarterfinals.
But one thing that certainly a lot of fans found weird was the fact that Jamie Vardy who came on as a late substitute did not step forward to take a spot kick.
And as the footage of England players celebrating came up on screen, many fans caught onto it and possibly found out the reason why Vardy did not take a penalty.
As all the England players were seen running towards Pickford, Jamie Vardy was pictured running while holding his groin region.
These set of images have caused a stir on social media and multiple British publications are now claiming that Jamie Vardy is a serious doubt for the quarterfinal match.
Looks like vardy World Cup is over! Groin injury pic.twitter.com/NvLYLSFopx
— Happy (@lcfcsingh) July 3, 2018
Eric Dier took the final penalty for England which secured the progress to the next stage but sources reveal that it was Jamie Vardy who was scheduled to take it but have to withdraw in the past minute due to the injury.
Sky Sports are also claiming that Jamie Vardy has received an injection for the groin strain but there is no guarantee that the striker will be fit to play for England when they take on Sweden on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy’s absence might not be a major concern for Gareth Southgate as the Leicester City man is not his first choice striker. But if the Sweden game does go into extra-time like the Round of 16 match then the England manager will have one less option.
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