England internationals, Jamie Vardy (31) and Gary Cahill (32) have announced retirement from the national team with seven goals in 26 appearances to his name.
The Leicester City striker announced in an interview with Guardian where he explained that age and family are reasons behind the decision.
“To be honest with you, this has been on my mind for a while,” Vardy said.
“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.”
The 2016 PFA player of the season winner stated that he had been thinking of stepping back from the national team after the conclusion of the World Cup, to give room for options of younger players for manager, Gareth Southgate
“So I just said to Gareth that I think it’s probably best from now on, especially with the way he wants to go, to bring youngsters in who he thinks have got the ability and start nurturing them into international football,” he added.
“When you get selected, you want to be playing. If you’re playing week in, week out for your club, you want to be going to England to play as well.
“And if it’s not happening, then for me personally now, at this age, it’s better to be at home, spending that time with my family and training with my club, preparing for the next game after the international break.”
Cahill’s announcement follows Vardy’s decision to concentrate on club commitments, citing age as a major factor.
“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,” Cahill told Chelsea TV.
“I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and I would never shut the door.”
Both Vardy and Cahill, however, have not completely shut the door to a possible call-back to the Three Lions if there are injury concerns and they are sorted for help.
VARDY: “Gareth said that he felt I still had a lot to offer, and we’ve not shut the door completely.
“If the worst came to happen and everyone was injured, then obviously I wouldn’t say no.”
CAHILL: “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.”