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Posted 16th July 2012 at 09:00 am

An England international who has enjoyed a meteoric rise from non-league football…

A hard-working striker that scored goals at a prolific rate in non-league football with Fleetwood Town, Vardy has enjoyed a phenomenal last two seasons with the Foxes. 

After joining in 2012, the striker went on to became a huge favourite with fans and team-mates in 2013/14 for his typically energetic and all-action displays on the field, showing that he had well and truly found his feet in the division. 

As well as winning seven penalties thanks to his pace and willingness to run at defenders, Vardy scored an impressive 16 goals alongside David Nugent in the City attack – including a memorable strike against Queens Park Rangers in December. 

It was a similar success story in the Premier League for Vardy too, as he announced his arrival with a brilliant goal to give Leicester City a 4-3 lead in their famous 5-3 victory over Manchester United in September 2014. 

His performance levels reached new heights in the back end of the campaign and his stoppage time winner away at West Bromwich Albion will live long in the memory for all City fans. 

That form eventually saw him named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia in June 2015. His international debut then came in Dublin as a second half substitute for England captain Wayne Rooney. 

Following his release from boyhood idols Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager, Vardy began his path back to the professional game with South Yorkshire club Stocksbridge Park Steels, making his senior debut in 2007 and enjoying a successful three years with the club. 

He joined Halifax Town in June 2010 and strengthened his growing reputation with 27 goals as the Shaymen won promotion to the Blue Square Bet North, but Vardy would go one step further when he joined ambitious Fleetwood Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier for a substantial fee that summer. 

He proved an inspired signing for the Cod Army, hitting 34 goals in 40 appearances, as Micky Mellon's team stormed to promotion to the Football League as Conference champions with over a century of points. 

But Vardy’s performances meant a move to a higher level was inevitable and it was City that won the race, snapping him up on a three-year deal. 

The dangerous striker opened his Foxes account on his debut, netting the final goal in a 4-0 win over Torquay United in a League Cup first round tie and eventually going on to make 29 appearances during 2012/13, scoring five times. 

Vardy signed a new four-year contract with the Club in August 2014.

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