When Jamie Vardy scored a sensational flicked goal against Germany on Saturday night, he sent Twitter into meltdown. It not only inspired a 3-2 victory over the world champions on their home turf but represented another peak in what has been an incredible season for the Leicester City striker.
However, while Vardy admits the goal was the best moment of his career, he also claimed that his first international strike ended up costing him his mobile phone, which found itself having a meltdown of its own as it struggled to cope with an influx of congratulatory messages.
“My phone has died unfortunately so I have not been able to text [anyone] back,” Vardy told The Times. “There’s probably tons and tons of messages on it, so that is probably what has made it go dead.”
Vardy starred alongside Harry Kane and Eric Dier as the Three Lions came from 2-0 down to win in Berlin. The 29-year-old appeared off the bench late in the second half and instantly injected a new threat to the German's backline.
He only played 19 minutes of the match, coming on for Danny Welbeck in the 71st minute, but Germany's head coach Joachim Low saw enough to describe him as a “spectacular player” in the aftermath.
“Is that what he called me?” Vardy said when told of Low's praise. “Obviously that’s kind words but it was a good goal, my first one, so I will definitely never forget that.
“It was the best moment of my career, but I have still got plenty of time left in my career so hopefully there will be more.”
Vardy could take his astronomical heights even higher this week as he looks likely to start against Holland on Tuesday night. If so, he will be joined by Leicester team-mate Danny Drinkwater in the starting XI, who is set to make his debut in midfield.