Jamie Vardy became the first Leicester City player to pull on an England shirt for over ten years in Dublin last week…
Rejected by Sheffield Wednesday at 16, Stocksbridge Park Steels, FC Halifax, Fleetwood Town, Leicester City in the Championship, and then the Premier League, England….
It is the sort of dizzying rise that might be rejected by the scriptwriters at Roy of the Rovers for being a little too fantastic.
After breaking the transfer record for a non-league player when he moved from Fleetwood to Leicester Vardy had a patchy time with City. Although he got goals early on in the 2012-13 season he later suffered a crisis of confidence which led to him questioning his own talents and considering quitting the game.
But he bounced back to make a huge impact on City’s Championship title-winning season, scoring 16 goals.
Although Vardy got off to a decent start in the Premier League, and scored and generally terrorised Manchester United’s defence in the famous 5-3 win, he then went on a long goalless streak that co-incided with City’s terrible autumn and winter.
But, once again, he bounced back and hit a run of form that played a big part in City’s miraculous Great Escape.
He scored at Tottenham, and struck the vital winners at West Brom and Burnley before eventually finding the net at the King Power Stadium again in the last day 5-1 win against QPR.
His 2014-15 season wasn’t over, however, as he replaced Wayne Rooney with fifteen minutes of the game against Dublin remaining, and made a good account of himself in a game almost without incident.
He was the first City player to appear in an England shirt since Ian Walker in 2004.
Hopefully he will continue to move onwards and upwards for Leicester and England next season…
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