Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri Sets Challenge For Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy at The King Power Stadium, Leicester, August 27. Vardy was an unused substitute in Sam Allardyce's first game as England manager. Stu Forster/Getty

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has challenged Jamie Vardy to break into England's starting line-up under Sam Allardyce.

Vardy was an unused substitute in England's 1-0 victory over Slovakia on Sunday, with Harry Kane starting up front and Daniel Sturridge coming on in the final minutes.

But Ranieri says, although the break was good for Leicester, Vardy needs to make a greater impression on Allardyce to break into his team.

"He's refreshed, he trained very well," Ranieri said. "For me, it is good [he didn't play]. For him, no. Maybe he is more hungry—show me.

"You have to fight and say, 'Hey, Sam, I am ready to play'.

"But it wasn't only Jamie. Also [Daniel] Amartey, [Danny] Drinkwater, Ben Chilwell, Shinji Okazaki—a lot of my players went around the world without playing."

Leicester travel to Anfield on Saturday to take on Liverpool.