Jamie Vardy - What Role Does He Have For England?

Jamie Vardy - What Role Does He Have For England?

Jamie Vardy has had a wonderful start to the season for Leicester, already beating his goals tally for last season. He is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with seven goals, which is a great achievement given that the striker was known for his hard-working style of play last year, rather than his ability to score goals. Leicester have been one of the best teams over the first couple of months of the Premier League, with Vardy being central to their success.

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His rise up the football league ladder is very impressive and will be used as encouragement for other players in the lower leagues. Although he has had some off-the-field problems in the past few months, it can’t be argued that Vardy doesn’t deserve the praise coming his way. He has been consistently good, scoring six Premier League goals in the last five matches, with this run of form putting him in contention for a bigger role in the England set-up.

Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney have both had mixed starts to the season, while Daniel Sturridge is only just returning to the fold. There is an opportunity for Jamie Vardy over the next two matches to show Roy Hodgson why he should be taken to the European Championships in the summer. Many expected the Leicester forward to be a one cap wonder after his debut against the Republic of Ireland, but Vardy has continued to push for international honours and it is impossible to ignore him at the moment.

He offers a different option in the squad as well, as his game is centred around putting in 100% and chasing down every lose ball. He is a nightmare to defend against as he is always on the move, while this season, he has added an intelligence to his game, which has seen him get opportunities in front of goal. A major issue last season was his lack of goals as he only managed to score five throughout the entire campaign. Claudio Ranieri has taken over at Leicester and given Vardy less defensive responsibility, which has brought out the best in the forward.

Looking forward, Vardy could play a number of different roles in the England squad, which gives him a great chance of going to France as a squad option. It would be unlikely that he finds a way into the starting eleven as Rooney, Kane and Sturridge are all ahead of him in the pecking order, but as an impact sub, Vardy could shine.

The next few months will tell us a lot about the form of the England players going into next summer. There is still a lot of competition for places and that is healthy going into a major tournament. If Vardy continues to score regularly for his club, he has a great chance of being in the squad for Euro 2016 and he would offer Hodgson a great option in the squad.