Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy have both undoubtedly been sensational this season.
The English duo found themselves at the heart of the title race, at the very top of the Premier League goalscoring charts, and deservedly in the PFA Team of the Year.
The clamour for Kane and Vardy to play together for England at Euro 2016 grew and grew as the season progressed, but it might be the case that only one of them gets the nod from Roy Hodgson to start.
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So, which of the two strikers has been better this season?
Kane finished as the Premier League’s top scorer with 25 goals, one more than both Vardy and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.
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In addition to his league exploits, Kane also scored twice in the Europa League and once in the FA Cup. For England, the 22-year-old scored three times in just five Euro 2016 qualifying matches.
While Vardy is yet to score in a competitive international, his finish in March’s friendly with Germany was sublime.
Kane more selfish?
Vardy provided six Premier League assists compared to just one by Kane, although Kane does like to pass the ball about when he's not in the box. A possible reason why Kane scored more goals could, therefore, be because he tried to score more frequently.
Kane’s disciplinary record was better, picking up five bookings whereas Vardy received seven yellow cards, as well as a controversial red for simulation against West Ham last month.
That said, Vardy’s rise from non-league football to become a Premier League winner is arguably more impressive than Kane's emergence from the Tottenham youth ranks.
Vardy’s impact has been similar to that of Robin van Persie when the Dutchman joined Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012. Aged 29, as Vardy is now, Van Persie scored 26 league goals in his first season at Old Trafford, earning him the Golden Boot and leading United to a record 20th English title.
Vardy, formerly of Fleetwood Town, netted 24 times in Leicester’s historic title-winning campaign, in addition to breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for goals in consecutive Premier League matches.
Who is better?
One thing is for sure, Kane and Vardy have had the best seasons of their respective careers so far and they will both be looking to make their mark on the international stage for the Three Lions this summer.
Vardy’s intensity, incredible work-rate and electric speed make him a constant threat in behind defences. However, Kane has slightly more to his game with his movement, hold-up play, technical qualities and unerring shooting accuracy.
Given his young age and the fact that he’s been able to replicate the excellent form he showed last year when he scored 31 times for Tottenham in a season where Vardy only managed five, Kane should ultimately be seen as the more consistent, and altogether better, striker.