Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been called up to the England squad for the first time, proving that dreams really do come true.
Vardy, 28, has become the first Leicester player to be called up to represent the Three Lions since former City stopper Ian Walker in 2004.
Having helped guide the Foxes to Premier League safety with one game to spare the tenacious striker has been in inspiring form, providing the tireless work effort to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad to face the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia next month.
Hodgson highlighted the importance of Vardy’s pace in his selection decision when he made the announcement yesterday.
“There is no doubt that players who have that pace and that desire to run in behind defenders are always interesting for coaches," he said.
“I think his latter part of the season with Leicester where he’s helped them through this great escape has been really excellent so he’s another one, alongside Charlie (Austin) it would be nice for us to get to know better.”
Dream come true
Released as a youngster from Sheffield Wednesday, Vardy has represented Stocksbridge Park Steels, FC Halifax and Fleetwood Town, the latter of whom he played for just three seasons ago, at non-league level.
After impressing for Leicester in the Championship last campaign, Vardy has scored four goals for his club this season, famously tormenting Manchester United’s defence in the Foxes’ 5-3 victory over the Red Devils back in September.
With England short on attacking options after the announcement of the Under-21 squad for the European Championships this summer - Harry Kane, Danny Ings and Saido Berahino find themselves not available for the senior squad - Vardy now gets his chance to impress on the International stage.
England, who are unbeaten in nine games, play the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on June 7 before a Euro 2016 Qualifier against Slovenia a week later.
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