Jamie Vardy flying the flag for homegrown goalscorers in European Golden Shoe race

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When it comes to homegrown footballers playing in their respective domestic divisions, Leicester City's Jamie Vardy is leading the way for the Premier League - a league so often maligned for favouring foreign imports over English stars.

This declaration follows the release of goalscoring data from related to the awarding of the European Golden Shoe for the continent's most prolific marksmen over the course of the season.

Vardy, who is 7th in the overall rankings and the current Premier League top scorer with 18 goals, is actually the only player within the top 10 to turn out for a club in the country where he was born.


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Gonzalo Higuain, who currently leads the way as Europe's most prolific marksmen with 23 goals for Napoli is Argentine while second-placed Jonas, who has racked up 21 goals for Portuguese giants Benfica already this term, is Brazilian.

Bundesliga pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski, who are Gabonese and Polish respectively, come next in the countdown with 20 and 19 goals a piece, while La Liga threesome Cristiano Ronaldo (19), Luis Suarez (19) and Karim Benzema (18) also feature.

Liverpool's main transfer target in January, Alex Teixeira is ninth while Serbian striker Nemanja Nikolic is 10th after an impressive season with Legia Warsaw in Poland.

The next homegrown goalscorer in contention for the Golden Shoe, meanwhile, is back in 11th with Maccabi Tel Aviv attacker and Israel international Eran Zahavi, who has scored 22 goals already this term.

Other homegrown goalscorers in the top 20 meanwhile include Harry Kane (15) in 16th, Eibar's Borja (15) in 17th and Bayern Munich and Germany stalwart Thomas Muller (16).

With plenty of the season left to go, Vardy remains in the hunt for the European Golden Shoe and the chance of emulating Kevin Phillips – the last Englishman playing in the Premier League to take the award back in 1999.

Do that, and a call-up to the England squad heading to Euro 2016 in France looks certain.

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