England boss Hodgson hints FA have got Vardy punishment wrong

Vardy was sent off after this 'dive' against West Ham
Vardy was sent off after this 'dive' against West Ham

Roy Hodgson does not believe Jamie Vardy dived at the weekend and can understand the angry outburst that could see the England striker miss yet more of Leicester's title run-in.

Those at the King Power Stadium on Sunday looked set to witness the latest chapter in the Foxes' fairy tale season as the 29-year-old opened the scoring against West Ham, ending a move involving their three PFA Player of the Year nominees.

However, things soon went awry for Vardy and his team-mates, with the striker handed a second booking having been adjudged by referee Jon Moss to have taken a tumble too easily under pressure from Angelo Ogbonna, leading tempers to fray and a fractious encounter to end 2-2.

Leicester's top scorer will miss this weekend's crunch clash with Swansea as a result and his reaction to being sent off has led to a Football Association charge for improper conduct, to which he must respond by 6pm on Thursday.

An additional ban may follow, but England manager Hodgson has no qualms about Vardy's attitude and insists he did not dive at the weekend.

When asked about the England team's discipline, he said: "You take everything that the player brings with him.

"You take Wayne Rooney - he, in my recollection, was pretty hot-headed, often getting himself into scrapes on the field, but you take what the player brings.

"Vardy got sent off at the weekend, but once again I will go out on a limb: I don't see that. I don't see that as a dive. I just don't.

"I think he was unbalanced. I don't think it was a penalty either, I think he was unbalanced, running at that speed.

"I think there was a very slight sort of contact with the defender, who was trying to cover.

"I think he went down, he lost his balance. I don't think he was trying to dive.

"But of course all the pundits I hear they say, 'He dived, look how he dived'. I don't see it. I really don't, I'm sorry.

"I wouldn't blame him for that. I sympathise with him, I think he was very, very unlucky.

"When you get sent off for something where he obviously feels like I feel - there is no doubt he is of that opinion.

"But now he has had to swallow the fact that he has been made to leave the field and then, unfortunately, he has reacted like sometimes human beings react.

"He hasn't just said to the ref, 'Thanks very much, I understand' and shakes hands and 'Have a good game'.

"He has called him a few names, but he is a human being and that can happen.

"But I think our disciplinary record over the last few years has been pretty good.

"I think it will remain good, but I can't guarantee you that a Vardy, a Rooney, or a Dele Alli, or anyone else for that matter, is not going to do that."