Back in August 2018, the Leicester forward made the decision to focus on club football after admitting he was ‘not getting any younger’ although did insist the door was not completely shut on an international return.
With Vardy, 32, enjoying an excellent start to the campaign and leading the scoring charts with 10 goals, Southgate was asked about whether the one-time England ace could make a Three Lions comeback anytime soon.
England manager Gareth Southgate has refused to completely rule out recalling Jamie Vardy
He told BBC Five Live: ‘I have always left the opportunity open. The conversation I had with Jamie was around looking at younger players in that position.
‘Jamie felt he had travelled enough in that moment where he felt he was back-up for Harry (Kane) which is understandable, but he is playing well.
‘We both left that door open and we know the quality of the player and he is showing that every week with Leicester.
‘It wasn’t one for now, but we will keep monitoring that because you have a ready-made experienced player who could come in if we felt that was the right thing.’
Vardy was crowned the EA SPORTS Player of the Month for October after scoring four goals in three games on Friday.
Southgate also offered hope to Dele Alli, who again missed out on the squad and has failed to feature for England since June.
Leicester’s Vardy was crowned the EA SPORTS Player of the Month for October on Friday
He has enjoyed a slight upturn in form for Spurs and contributed towards three goals during his last five appearances.
‘We have a four-month period where so much can change because of injury and form and everything else,’ Southgate added.
‘There will always be opportunity for guys who aren’t in the squad now and there are people who have played a lot with us in the past and been a big part of what we have done, who I think are starting to come back to form.
‘And then some like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who by March I think will be back playing so it is hard to say this will be the 11 or this will be 23 because I wrote an 11 down on Monday for next week’s game and three could be out before Sunday. It is good to have a plan, but you have to be flexible.’
Southgate revealed he will continue to monitor Premier League top goalscorer Vardy
England’s manager also offered his backing to number one Jordan Pickford, with Everton one spot above the Premier League relegation zone.
Southgate added: ‘Everybody when they are in a team closer to the bottom of the table, there are going to be moments where that team is under pressure.
‘All of our goalkeepers make mistakes. That is the nature of the position. I thought he played very well at the weekend against Tottenham.
‘His focus was good, his kicking was very good so you have to balance it when you are judging players because it is not just a couple of games, it’s a longer period of time.
‘Generally with us Jordan’s performances have been excellent as well and that obviously has a bearing on how we view it.’