5 things about Jamie Vardy
Published 28/11/2015 | 19:36
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has set a new Barclays Premier League record by scoring in his 11th straight game.
Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five things about the red-hot 28-year-old.
1. Vardy likes a good Tweet
The Leicester forward joined Twitter in May 2011, and has more than 87,000 followers at his official account @vardy7. The forward's superb form this season has, though, taken even the man himself by surprise. Vardy took to the micro-blogging site on November 21 having equalled the record of Ruud van Nistelrooy, posting the message: " To every single person that has supported me and never doubted me...Thank you.....I'm still pinching myself!"
2. It has been a long road to the top
Vardy was rejected as a 16-year-old, the youngster said to be "too small" to make a career in the game. Undeterred after rejection from Sheffield Wednesday, Vardy went on to start his senior career with Stocksbridge Park Steels, earning around £30-per-week, and once worked in a factory making carbon fibres for medical splints. After 66 goals in 107 games, he moved to Halifax Town and then Fleetwood, where he would be named player of the year in 2011-2012 as his goals helped them win the Conference title before moving to Leicester for what now seems a bargain £1million in May 2012.
3. England expects a new hero?
Vardy's amazing domestic form led to a first call-up for the senior England national team at the end of the 2014/2015 season, and he made his debut when replacing captain Wayne Rooney in the Dublin friendly against the Republic of Ireland. The Leicester frontman is expected to form part of Roy Hodgson's plans for the Euro 2016 finals in France next summer, which could provide him with the perfect platform to take his game to another level.
4. Vardy wants to give something back
Having so much experience of just how difficult it is to make it at the top, Vardy has launched his own 'V9 Academy' aimed to offer talented non-league players the chance to prove themselves up the football pyramid. "I know there are players out there in a similar position to where I was that just need an opportunity. More and more players are dropping out of the system early," he said. " We decided to set up V9 to unearth talent and give those players a shot - hopefully at earning professional contracts, but also to learn and understand what it takes to be a professional at the highest level."
5. Making headlines on the back pages again
Vardy appears to have put a disappointing episode behind him after he was fined and instructed to take diversity awareness training after being filmed using racist language in a casino during July. The player was quick to issue an apology at the time for the "regrettable error in judgement" which was "not up to what's expected of me". There can be no arguments he is now very much focused on his job, with goalscoring antics the only things making the stories today.