Germany boss Joachim Low: England striker Jamie Vardy is "spectacular"

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Germany coach Joachim Low has hailed England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as a "spectacular player" ahead of Saturday's friendly meeting in Berlin.

The 29-year-old has hit 19 goals this season to help take the Foxes five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

With skipper Wayne Rooney absent with a knee injury, Vardy could pick up his fifth England cap at the Olympiastadion as he looks to break his international duck.


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And as well as attracting plenty of praise back home, it appears his exploits have also made an impression on the World Cup champions Germany, with manager Low well aware of the threat the former non-league forward poses.

"We did watch him and he is a spectacular player," he said.

"A great performance, we did talk about him the last couple of days, not only him, but he is a player who is straightforward and is always looking to find the gap in the defence and get in behind the defence.

"That is where it hurts the most and I think that is one of his biggest qualities."

Vardy will have to settle for a place on England's bench despite scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games earlier in the season, with Harry Kane due to start against the Germans amidst his own purple patch.

The Tottenham striker tops the Premier League scoring charts with 21 - including five in his last three games - and Low knows the 22-year-old can also cause damage.

"Kane could play as well," he added. "I'm not sure if they have played together already. It could really impact our defence and it will be a different game if Kane or Vardy is playing - he is a fantastic player."

Vardy has been joined in Roy Hodgson's latest England squad by Leicester team-mate Danny Drinkwater, who is set to make his debut either against Germany on in Tuesday's Wembley clash with Holland.

With this summer's European Championships on the horizon, Low also acknowledged England can offer a threat.

"England has improved a lot recently due to the coach Roy Hodgson, he had a big impact on the team" he said.

"I have known him for some time, also in Switzerland, the team has always been well coordinated, it is difficult for us to play against them and they are really good on the counter-attack."

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