God loves a trier, as they say.
And there are few bigger than Jamie Vardy.
The Leicester City star will never be accused of a lack of effort – except, perhaps, during the latter stages of Claudio Ranieri’s reign – and it’s his desire that makes him such a valuable part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Vardy started on the bench for England’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania this afternoon, with Jermain Defoe getting the nod up front.
Southgate will have been delighted to see both of his strikers make the most of their opportunity – helped by Harry Kane’s injury – as each scored in a 2-0 win.
Vardy replaced the Sunderland striker on the hour mark and needed only six minutes to find the net, turning home after a neat flick from Adam Lallana.
But, refusing to settle for just one goal, the 30-year-old wanted more.
And he had a great opportunity to double his tally when he was played through in the 79th minute.
Vardy missed a chance to make it 3-0
Vardy needed only to dink the ball over Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus but his touch was too heavy and the ball flew over the crossbar.
Clearly frustrated, the Leicester striker reacted by headbutting the pitch. Yes, really.
Check it out below.
We shouldn’t be surprised, really. After all, this is a player who punched himself in the face after missing a chance in Leicester’s recent win over Sevilla in the Champions League.
Fans reacted hilariously to Vardy’s latest attempt to punish himself for a miss. See the best tweets below.
You can’t really fault his attitude. It’s clear that the striker wants to score goals and is angry when he passes up a good opportunity to do so.
He shouldn’t be too hard on himself, though. He scored and England won.
The victory sees the Three Lions jump to 13 points from five matches as Southgate attempts to qualify for next season’s tournament in Russia.