Brendan Rodgers leaps to the defence of Jamie Vardy

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

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Brendan Rodgers has defended Jamie Vardy over his recent poor form.

Leicester City have stumbled out of the blocks since the Premier League restart, scoring just once in three games and failing to win a game so far.

The Foxes were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend after suffering a 1-0 quarter-final defeat to Chelsea.

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Vardy is the top goalscorer in the Premier League with 19 goals but is without a goal in three games, which has led to criticism in some quarters.

However, his manager has backed the 33-year-old.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of the Everton game on Wednesday, Rodgers said: “There’s lots of focus on Jamie, but this is not just about Jamie, this is the responsibility of the team.

“It’s my responsibility to find ways in which we can find ways to increase our goalscoring.

“It’s the responsibility of everyone. I think if you look at his record in terms of his goals and what he has done up until this point, he hasn’t needed a lot of action, he’s a true finisher.

“He is not one of those players who is involved in the link-up, in the game. That’s not his strength. His strength is in the box and running from deep in behind.

“A lot of spotlight is on Jamie, but it is not just the striker, it’s the team’s contribution. So that’s something we need to improve.”