World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst says Jamie Vardy reminds him of himself and has backed the striker to be England’s star at Euro 2016.
Hurst scored a famous hat-trick in England’s 4-2 win over West Germany in 1966, the only player in World Cup final history to do so as the Three Lions went on to lift the World Cup.
Vardy scored an audacious back-heeled equaliser against current world champions Germany in a 3-2 win for England in Berlin, and Hurst thinks the Leicester striker can be Roy Hodgson’s star man.
Speaking ahead of England’s friendly against Holland at Wembley tonight, Hurst backed Vardy to shine at the Euros in France this summer when asked who would be England’s Euro 2016 star.
Speaking to BBC’s SportsWeek, Hurst said: “If I had to pick someone, I’d pick Vardy.
“He is a bit like the Geoff Hurst that came from nowhere, looking at his background, and performing as he is performing.”
Sir Geoff may be an England legend now, but his World Cup final heroics only came after first-choice striker Jimmy Greaves picked up an injury.
With England’s all-time top goalscorer Wayne Rooney currently sidelined, Vardy has similarly seized his fortunate opportunity in the Three Lions shirt.
And Hurst also insisted the former non-league player will be able to cope with the pressure that comes with international football.
“He is a very level-headed guy, I like the way he plays,” said Hurst.
“He is intelligent and playing for a smaller club that would be fantastic.
“He deserves every chance he gets.”