LONDON (AP):Jamie Vardy has gone from Premier League champion to a target of hatred. The Leicester striker said he has received death threats amid the bitter fallout from manager Claudio Ranieri being fired by his club last month.Vardy was named as one of the players who had conversations with Leicester’s owners before Ranieri was dismissed as a result of last season’s improbable champions being plunged into a relegation scrap.Vardy’s denials about playing any role in Ranieri’s departure have not stopped some fans from targeting him and his family.”The story is out there and people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything,” Vardy said while on international duty with England. “On social media, you name it, walking down the street. To be honest I get them every week. Football fans don’t seem to like me.”IGNORE ABUSEIt’s affecting his family, too.”I just get on with it but when people are trying to cut your missus (wife Rebekah) up while she’s driving along, with the kids in the back of the car, it’s not the best,” Vardy said. “It’s happened plenty of times. It is terrifying. All that can happen is they get banned on Twitter. People get cut up but if there’s no cameras you’re screwed.”Vardy said he tries to ignore the abuse he gets from fans as he focuses on keeping Leicester in the Premier League and prolonging the team’s incredible Champions League debut. Leicester are six points above the relegation zone and preparing to face Atletico Madrid next month in the European Cup quarter-finals.Vardy was spotted by Leicester playing for non-league side Fleetwood Town in 2012. While the 30-year-old Vardy scored 24 goals last season, he has only been on target 10 times this year.”I just get abuse at every stadium that I turn up at,” Vardy said. “To be honest, you are always going to get stick from fans. It is part and parcel of football. I’m one that carries on and winds them up a bit. Do I enjoy it? Yeah, it’s just me. I couldn’t tell you why I get it, but it’s part of the game. I am not really fussed about it. It’s fine by me.”
Jordan Pickford has signed a new six-year contract with Everton to keep him at Goodison Park until 2024.England’s No.1 goalkeeper shone as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia this summer. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets IN DEMAND Pickford signs new six-year deal with Everton REVEALED Such heroics earned him fanfare from celebrities such as Ross Kemp, and also led to speculation Chelsea were interested in signing him.However, the newfound fame and pressure has not fazed the 24-year-old one bit.“I don’t feel any pressure from the World Cup,” he said. “I just want to become the best person as a goalkeeper I can be.“My focus is on the team here and, as a team, we want to be pushing right up the table as high as we can be. moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “There is a lot of strong competition out there but in the next year or two, if we can get into a final of a cup and perhaps win a trophy, that would be a great step forward.“I am still learning but I hope I am giving the team something, too.” 2 targets Latest Transfer News RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST LIVING THE DREAM ✍️ | @JPickford1 has signed a new six-year contract with #EFC! 🙌More ➡️ https://t.co/1d4WmLyzF0 pic.twitter.com/c2FHD00SPR— Everton (@Everton) September 26, 2018“I want to play as many games as I can for the Club, that’s my goal now.“Hopefully, I can continue to progress, become a better goalkeeper each and every day and keep that England No. 1 shirt as well. That’s another aim.“This is a great club for me and, hopefully, we can get the success for the fans to earn the right to be a legend at Everton one day, each and every one of us.”Pickford earned cult hero status for his aggressive approach in Russia, often furiously shouting at his defenders and wearing boots with the phrase ‘Get The Rave On’ stitched into them. 2 Pickford’s incredible save against Colombia helped the Three Lions reach the semi-finals The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Despite rumours of interest from several Premier League giants, the former Sunderland shot-stopper has insisted he wants to become a ‘legend’ with the Merseysiders.Speaking to the club’s official website, Pickford said: “When I made the move last year I thought Everton would be a great club to come to and the right step in my career.“Getting the opportunity to become England’s No. 1 was down to being at Everton, I believe, and being able to put in solid performances week in and week out.“Coming to Everton, a massive club with a massive history and seeing how passionate and determined the fans are, it’s inspired me to perform week in and week out and it’s moved my career on, without question.