Jamie Vardy earned England a penalty and then produced a superb diving header to put England 2-0 up against Spain at Wembley on Tuesday night…
England went 1-0 up in the 9th minute when Lallana sent Vardy through with a fine pass, and although the City striker miscontrolled with his first touch Spanish keeper Reina obligingly brought him down. Lallana took the spot kick to put England ahead.
Three minutes after the break Vardy ended his 14 game goal drought.
Henderson chipped in a far post cross from the right and Vardy launched himself at the ball, finding the net with a thumping header.
He celebrated what should have been a win with a ‘Mannequin’.
Sadly, the England defence did a similar impression late on. Soon after ITV’s Glenn Hoddle had awarded Vardy Man of the Match, Aspas found the top corner to make for a nervy ending.
Then, in the fifth minute of time added on, Isco wriggled through to eqalise from close in and deny Gareth Southgate a winning end to 2016.
Hopefully Jamie Vardy will be able to carry this scoring form over to Vicarage Road for City’s visit on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy scored his first goal for England as Roy Hodgson’s side over-turned Germany’s 2-0 lead to win 3-2 in Berlin on Saturday night…
Vardy had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he netted the equaliser with an audacious first goal for his country.
Nathaniel Clyne’s cross from the right saw Vardy connect at the near post with a back-heeled flick that gave Manuel Neuer no chance.
Eric Dier sealed a morale-boosting victory in the 91st minute, that will have given Hodgson plenty to think about as Euro 2016 approaches.
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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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Four decades ago Leicester City’s Frank Worthington scored for England – an occasion so special that I was allowed to stay up late and watch it on Sportsnight, even though I had to be up for school…
England (who also had Frank’s City teammates Keith Weller and Peter Shilton in the line-up) drew 2-2 with Argentina at Wembley in the lead up to a World Cup tournament that sadly neither England, or Frank, would be gracing.
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This year’s FOX Summer Special features Howard Riley’s Scrapbook by club historian John Hutchinson…
Wigston-born Howard Riley played 193 league games (182 of them in the old first division) on Leicester’s right wing. He also played in two FA Cup Finals (1961 and 1963), a European campaign (1961/62) , and was in the Leicester side which won the League Cup in 1964…
In 1954/55, whilst a student at Kibworth Grammar School, Howard won three England youth caps against Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This is the crest from one of his Youth international shirts…
…This is the actual shirt worn by Howard for the 1961 FA Cup Final v Tottenham Hotspur…
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FOX 170 – the April/May issue – is now in the shops will be on sale at tomorrow’s game against Watford…
This issue features: An interview with City player-coach Chris Powell; a Tribute to Bobby Smith; Soccer Stars 76-77 – the full set of stickers; Fox Covers from History – the 80’s; Fully Programmed; Fox Diary; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; An old war-horse in Fox Philosophy; the Chris Lymn Column; The Peter Shilton Scrapbook; Our Man in a Van; your letters and Bentley’s Roof and Fanatical Frank as you never thought you’d see him…
Excerpt from the Chris Powell Interview…
FOX: In 2001 Sven Göran Eriksson, picked you to play for England. The London Evening Standard weren’t very kind with a ‘Chris Who?’ headline. Did it come as a surprise to you to be picked at 31 years of age?
CP: When Sven first came in he said he was going to watch every club, and I believe that he did. I know he’d been to a few Charlton games and I was playing very well at the time. We thought Sven was probably keeping an eye on Richard Rufus who was performing very well at centre-back. I did wonder if he was watching me but I couldn’t really see it at my age. And Charlton players didn’t get chosen to play for England.
I turned up at training on Friday, drove in and there were journalists everywhere. The Daily Mail had apparently said there would be a couple of shock names in the squad and one was me, but I hadn’t seen the papers that morning and had no idea. As soon as I got out of the car the press officer was there saying, don’t say anything, come straight in. The word was that I was in, but I had to get on with training, we were playing away at Coventry the next day.
When I finished training Alan Curbishley called me up and said: “We need to see you.”
I thought, they’re not dropping me are they?
I went up to see him and he said: “I’ve got a fax from the FA with your name on it, you’re in the England squad.”
I’ve still got the fax at home. I started shaking to be honest. Then I came down and told the lads and they were really complimentary. Then I realised the eyes of the football world were on me. I’ve always tried to be accessible to the press, but my phone didn’t stop ringing all day and in the end I had to turn it off.
I knew everyone was watching out for me to make a mistake against Coventry and I was getting nervous. Curbs and Mervyn Day said to me: “Don’t worry, you’ve played really well for us, this is where you have got to learn to cope with a different sort of pressure.”
We drew 2-2 with Coventry and I played alright.
The press took two different angles – some said it was great that Sven was looking at different clubs for his players, others said it was wrong that he was choosing players from an unfashionable club.
Then I found out that I was actually starting the game and the pressure increased even further. It went really well, but then I had to come off at half time with a calf injury. Sven told me afterwards that he would have kept me on for the full 90 minutes. It was the best 45 minutes of my life…
Frank Worthington’s goal was so special that I was allowed to stay up late and watch it on Sportsnight, even though I had to be up for school…