England-hopeful Vardy wants non-league talent to shine

Date published: Monday 30th November 2015 4:57

Jamie Vardy: Playing for England

Leicester hit-man Jamie Vardy is desperate to maintain his goalscoring form to put himself in with the best chance of making England’s Euro 2016 squad.

Vardy notched in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Saturday to claim a Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive matches.

The former non-league striker has been involved in Roy Hodgson’s most recent England squads but with Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck set to return from injury, Vardy acknowledges that he has to remain consistent for the rest of the season if he is to go to France with the Three Lions.

“It is all down to me. If I let my performances drop, then that is giving a reason for me not to be involved,” Vardy told Talksport’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show.

“If I can keep the performances up for the rest of the season, then I am putting myself in with a good shout.”

Vardy, the Premier League’s top scorer, was playing for Fleetwood Town in the Conference four years ago after starting out at Stocksbridge Park Steels and Halifax Town.

The 28-year-old hopes his subsequent success will encourage more top-flight clubs to give opportunities to non-league talent and has set up an academy to help amateur players make the grade.

“There is a lot of talent in the lower leagues but people are not willing to take the risk and the chance that the likes of myself and Chris Smalling were given,” he added.

“It is something we can improve on. Instead of spending millions and millions on players that still might not do it you can take the risk on a non-league player and they can progress well. Luckily for me personally, Leicester took the risk.”

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