Does Jamie Vardy deserve a spot in England’s starting 11?

What a year it’s been for Jamie Vardy! The 29 year old has been instrumental in Leicester’s City fairy tale Premier League title win and it certainly put a much deserved spotlight on his game. And Vardy keeps improving! He managed to find the net 24 times for the foxes this season, 19 more than the previous season. His passion is unparalleled and he’s proved to be a true fighter and a leader in Leicester’s attacking prowess. We’ll take a closer look at the foxes top scorer to help answer what’s been on everyone’s mind. Does Jamie Vardy deserve a spot in England’s Starting 11?

A closer look at Jamie Vardy

Vardy made his Premier League debut in the 2014/2015 and was awarded the man of the match performance when scoring his first Premier League goal against Manchester United, and set up the other 4 in a dramatic turn of events. The game finished 5-2 for the Foxes. He excelled in the 2014/2015 and that was the steppingstone to what we’ve witnessed this season.

Style of Play

Jamie is capable of wearing and handling the responsibilities the no. 9 shirt brings with it. His incredible pace, determination and selfless behaviour on the pitch are all qualities any manager would want his players to have. Vardy has extraordinary work rate, putting immense pressure between the defenders and the goalkeeper, forcing them to kick it long or make a mistake. He’ll find opportunities out of nothing, which really proves what a menace he can be to the opponents’ back four. He does this throughout the game and the Foxes’ manager Claudio Ranieri has found ways to maximise his potential. His runs are always calculated to perfection and are very similar each time, yet not many players are able to stop him getting behind them. He is excellent at creating space and can be seen from the type of goals he scored this season.

Vardy for England

England are in red hot form and Roy Hodgson is still contemplating on who should be the number one striker in France this summer. Jamie strengthened his case for inclusion by demonstrating an excellent piece of play, scoring with his back heel, which aided in sinking the Germans not so long ago in Berlin. He also broke the deadlock in the game against the Netherlands at Wembley. His wilfulness and belief in team work makes him a great candidate to partner up with any striker in Hodgson’s plans. From 6 international caps, Vardy managed to bag two wonderful goals, which proves that given the opportunity, he will deliver time and time again. 

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