It’s the end of the journey for England pair, Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill as they bow out from international football.

Although both players seem not to be shutting the door completely, they feel it’s time to allow manager Gareth Southgate to bring younger players in.

Leicester City striker Vardy - who has won 26 international caps - says he first told Southgate of his intentions at the World Cup in Russia.

"This has been on my mind for a while," the 31-year-old told the Guardian.

"I'm not getting any younger and you can see, to be fair to the gaffer, he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup."

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Vardy, who made his England debut against the Republic of Ireland in June 2015, made four appearances for England at this summer's World Cup, where they reached the semi-finals.

Chelsea defender Cahill, 32, told Chelsea TV: "I can see it is now going to a younger generation and I think it is the perfect time for me to take a step back.

"I've been hugely honoured to play for my country and I would never shut the door.

"I've said that if there are injuries in the future and I'm needed to come and play then, of course, I'm available."

Cahill scored five goals in 61 appearances for England, having made his debut in 2010, and captained the side on several occasions.

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