Jamie Vardy believes he deserves a better defensive rating on FIFA 16

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Jamie Vardy can’t have too much to complain about at the moment.

The Leicester striker has notched 19 goals in the Premier League his season as his side sit five points clear with just seven matches remaining.

He broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of scoring in consecutive matches when he managed to score in 11 matches in a row, while there is also a Hollywood screen-writer that has expressed his interest in making a film about his career.


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On Sunday, he scored his first international goal against Germany with a magnificent back-heel and appears certain to be named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for France this summer.

So, what on earth can Vardy feel hard done by at?

His FIFA rating, of course

After his impressive performances this season, the FIFA 16 winter update saw him deservedly upgraded from a 71 to a 75 and the 29-year-old admits that he’s satisfied with his new rating.

“Well, it’s obviously fair from FIFA so if that’s what they want to put me then that’s what it is,” Vardy told Squawka.

However, there is one attribute that Vardy believes he deserves a much higher rating.

“Yeah, probably my defending. I think I do actually work quite hard at getting back sometimes so get the defence up a bit.”

You hearing that EA Sports?

To be fair, Vardy has a point.

His defensive stat is just 44 and, considering the striker works extremely hard for his side, surely he warrants a massive increase on that for FIFA 17.

But, Vardy won’t be caring about video games in the coming months.

He is currently spearheading Leicester’s title charge as Claudio Ranieri’s side look to achieve the remarkable 5000/1 shot and win the Premier League.

Even if the Foxes fail in their quest to win the title, they will almost certainly be competing in the Champions League next campaign.

Vardy and Leicester against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. The striker will have to be at his defensive best if they are to compete against the European giants.

But after May, Vardy will be turning his attention to his nation.

He only made his debut last June in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland but will be hoping to start in England’s opening Euro 2016 fixture against Russia.

His goal against the Germans three minutes after coming on as a substitute would have done him no harm. He met Nathaniel Clyne’s cross with a stunning back-heel to send the ball past Manuel Neuer and to level the score at 2-2.

Vardy’s form alongside fellow England striker Harry Kane has raised question marks surrounding the inclusion of captain Wayne Rooney in the starting line-up for the European Championships in France.

Maybe it epitomises how good Vardy’s season has been that the only thing he has to complain about is that FIFA have underrated his defensive ability.

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