Internationals: Vardy Nets First England Goal
- Vardy became the first Leicester City player since Gary Lineker in 1985 to score for England, who recovered from two goals down to beat the 2014 World Cup winners
- Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan, Demarai Gray and Daniel Iversen were also in action on Saturday evening
Jamie Vardy became the first Leicester City player in over 30 years to score for England on Saturday, as he netted a superb maiden goal for the Three Lions to help them beat Germany 3-2 in Berlin.
Vardy’s first strike in an England shirt came just three minutes after the City frontman entered the action at the Olympiastadion.
The former Fleetwood Town man, who has netted 19 Barclays Premier League goals for the Foxes this campaign, converted Nathaniel Clyne’s low cross with a superb flick at the front post to add to Harry Kane’s earlier strike.
Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez had Germany 2-0 up, before Kane pulled one back after the break. Vardy made it 2-2 on 74 minutes, while Eric Dier nodded in in injury time to seal a memorable friendly victory for Roy Hodgson’s men.
City midfielder Danny Drinkwater was an unused substitute in a win which saw Vardy become the first Fox to net for England since Gary Lineker in 1985.
Meanwhile, Christian Fuchs helped Austria continue their preparations for Euro 2016, as the left back’s nation – currently ranked 10th in the world – faced Albania in Vienna.
Austria wasted no time in making their mark on the game, with FC Basel’s Marc Janko striking on six minutes and VfB Stuttgart’s Martin Harnik firing in on 13 minutes.
A healthy 2-0 lead at half-time saw Fuchs substituted at the break, and while Albania’s Ermir Lenjani did halve the deficit on 47 minutes, Austria held on to secure a 2-1 friendly victory ahead of their clash with Turkey, again in Vienna, on Tuesday 29 March.
Over in CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying, City skipper Wes Morgan played 90 minutes for Jamaica in their 1-1 draw against Costa Rica.
Midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson gave the Reggae Boyz the lead after just 16 minutes in Kingston, before Johnny Acosta drew level for Costa Rica after the break.
The result sees Jamaica third in qualifying Group B ahead of another fixture against Costa Rica, this time in San Jose, on Wednesday 30 March.
Demarai Gray grabbed an assist on his first appearance for England Under-21s, as the young City winger played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Thun.
Gray impressed on the wing for Gareth Southgate’s men, setting up Chuba Akpom for the opening goal after turning well and delivering into the Arsenal forward, before Florian Kamberi equalised for the hosts.
Left back Ben Chilwell was an unused substitute for the young Lions, who strengthened their position at the top of Group 9 of the UEFA Euro U21 Championship qualifiers.
Development Squad goalkeeper Daniel Iversen, who played 90 minutes in Denmark Under-19s’ 2-2 draw with Serbia Under-19s on Thursday, again featured for his nation on Saturday afternoon, as they were beaten 4-0 by France.
The defeat leaves Iversen’s nation in third position in Elite Stage qualifying Group 7 of the UEFA Euro U19 Championships. Denmark next take on Montenegro on Tuesday 29 March.
City’s representation on the international stage could continue tomorrow, when Jeffrey Schlupp and Daniel Amartey may both potentially be in action for Ghana, who will hope to continue their 100 per cent start in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group H as they take on Mozambique.
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