Jamie Vardy is an English football player that plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the England national team. Renowned for his incredible and relentless work-rate alongside his deadly finishing and heading prowess, Vardy has become the most recent player to don the title of a late bloomer taking after the likes of Ian Wright at Arsenal.
Vardy, born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, began playing football for local youth academy Sheffield Wednesday until he was 16 years old seeing him released prior to receiving a scholarship. Signing for Stocksbridge Park Steels after his release, Vardy progressed from the Reserve Team to the First Team with a weekly earning of £30 seeing the young striker flourish by scoring 66 goals in 107 appearances. Attracting attention from professional clubs, Vardy would be signed for £15,000 by FC Halifax Town and scored an impressive 24 goals in his first season. In an undisclosed fee, Fleetwood Town secured the signature of Vardy of whom continued his remarkable scoring pedigree by hitting the back of the net 31 times in 36 appearances in his first season with the club. Making the lower league headlines week-in-week-out, Championship side Leicester City signed Vardy for a reported £1 million and showcased as the club' main striker.
Over the course of his first two seasons with Leicester, Vardy would start slowly on the scoring front however helped the club to achieve promotion into the Premier League after scoring 16 goals in his second season. Now a Premier League player, Vardy was used as a hard working centre forward placing pressure on opposition defences and helped the club to survive relegation. The 2015/16 season proved Vardy's career changing moment through the player finding his goal scoring feet once again and managed to better Ruud van Nistelrooy's previous record and set a new benchmark by scoring in eleven consecutive Premier League matches.
Impressing England manager Roy Hodgson, Vardy was picked to play against the Republic of Ireland on 7th June 2015 and hopes to find enough form to travel with the national side to France for Euro 2016.