Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s lack of experience at major international tournaments means he will not be an automatic starter for England at Euro 2016, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said. (Jamie Vardy’s exit will be catastrophic for Leicester, says Taggart)The 29-year-old forward, who has scored three goals in eight internationals, was the joint second-highest scorer in the Premier League during Leicester’s title-winning season and was the Football Writers’ Association player of the year.Arsenal, runners-up last season, are trying to sign Vardy, triggering a release clause in his contract with a bid of about 20 million pounds ($29.1 million), British media reported. (Focus on England, not transfers, Roy Hodgson tells players)”I don’t think that he will be a starter. I don’t say this because he does not have the quality, but because he doesn’t have enough experience at that level to say the whole tournament will depend on Vardy,” Wenger told beIN Sports.Vardy is preparing for Euro 2016 in France, which starts on Friday, at England’s training base in Chantilly. Roy Hodgson’s side open their Group B campaign against Russia on Saturday before facing Wales and Slovakia.Vardy, who became the first man to score in 11 successive Premier League matches last season, joined Leicester for 1 million pounds from non-league Fleetwood Town in 2012.
Nice, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFaçonnable is pleased to announce the arrival of Julian Neale as Artistic Director of the Lifestyle Brand based on the Cote d’Azur. In his new position, he will oversee the development of all Menswear and Womenswear collections.Neale joins Façonnable from Rena Lange where, as Creative Director, he helped reposition the German brand by taking it to the runway and refreshing it with an of-the-moment spirit. “Fashion is ever-changing but style lasts,” Neale says. “With Façonnable there is a storied heritage of quality and a chic French attitude. I am here to build on that foundation by injecting a contemporary edge that will only serve to highlight and modernize Façonnable’s singular aesthetic—not compete with it.”Born in Turkey and raised in Hong Kong, Neale, who will relocate to Façonnable’s headquarters in Nice, South of France, has worked on both men’s and women’s wear throughout his vast career.He successfully launched a menswear license with Isetan for the French brand Victoire, built his own lifestyle collection, Permanent Vacation, and worked on women’s wear as a designer at Céline during the Michael Kors era.Known for his impeccable taste and ability to weave a cohesive narrative through his collections, Neale’s distinct eye for colors, textures, contemporary silhouettes and superior construction gels perfectly with Façonnable design ethos.“Julian brings not only a fresh point of view, but invaluable design studio experience” says Maher Mikati, CEO of M1 Fashion. “He’s an innovative designer who is also a pragmatist and that means he implicitly understands how to balance trend-driven design with timeless elegance. He will help a new generation discover the brand by guiding Façonnable into the next decade without ever losing sight of its invaluable heritage.”Neale’s first collections will bow for Pre-Fall 2012 and Fall Winter 2012, when Façonnable presents its line-up at Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence in January.www.Façonnable.com