Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy's rise from non-league to Premier League champion and FA Cup winner – also representing England at a FIFA World Cup, joining the Premier League 100 Club and winning the Golden Boot – is one of the most inspirational fables in modern times.
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Full Name
Jamie Vardy
Nationality
England
Date of Birth
11 January 1987
Height
5'10" (179cm)
Weight
11st 9lbs (74kg)
Professional Debut
14 August 2012

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Signed from non-league side Fleetwood Town in 2012, Vardy has become one of the most famous footballers on the planet and was a major protagonist of City's stunning 2016 Premier League title victory. He is now the Club's third top goalscorer of all time, behind Arthur Chandler and Arthur Rowley.

As well as rising to the status of England international, the pacy striker has hit double figures in all but one of his top-flight seasons as a Fox and is the Club's all-time highest Premier League goalscorer. In total, he has earned 26 caps for England, scoring seven goals.

Released by Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 16, local side Stocksbridge Park Steels was Vardy's next destination – for three seasons – before joining Halifax Town, where he scored 26 goals in 2010/11.

While renowned on the non-league scene, his abilities were still unknown to most football supporters when he signed for Fleetwood Town in 2011. For the Cod Army, he netted 31 goals in 36 Conference Premier appearances.

However, after combining his love for football with part-time employment at a local factory, he would eventually jump four divisions to the Championship to join Nigel Pearson's Leicester City in 2012.

Despite initially struggling in the second tier, Vardy acclimatised to life at a higher level and, in 2013/14, he scored 16 league goals as the Foxes won the Championship title with a Club-record 102 points.

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

His performance levels reached new heights at the back end of the 2014/15 campaign and his stoppage time winner away at West Bromwich Albion helped spark perhaps the greatest-ever 'Great Escape' from relegation.

Over City's last nine games in 2014/15, Pearson's men won seven of them and Vardy's role in that feat was rewarded by Roy Hodgson handing him an England debut against the Republic of Ireland in June 2015.

The following campaign, meanwhile, was the most magnificent in Leicester's history – and indeed Vardy's career – as his 24 goals inspired City to lift the Premier League title despite being relegation favourites.

As well as scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League matches, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy's record, he also netted a maiden goal for his nation in Germany – a brilliant front-post flick in a 3-2 victory in Berlin.

Following that breathtaking domestic campaign, he was named in Hodgson's Three Lions squad for UEFA EURO 2016, scoring for his country in a 2-1 group stage victory over eventual semi-finalists Wales.

He signed a new four-year contract at City in the summer of 2016, before netting 17 times for club and country during the 2016/17 season, including two in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

With so many iconic, memorable and simply stunning strikes among them, Vardy's overall LCFC tally in all competitions currently stands at over 150 goals.

He was included in Gareth Southgate's 23-man England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia too, helping his nation reach the semi-finals and finishing in fourth place – their best showing since 1990.

Vardy continued his goalscoring form with 18 strikes in the 2018/19 season and later confirmed that he would be concentrating more on his club duties, enabling him to sit atop of the Premier League scoring charts for much of 2019/20.

In July 2020, following the suspension of Premier League football due to COVID-19, Vardy scored twice against Crystal Palace at King Power Stadium to score his 100th and 101st top-flight goals for the Football Club.

The summer included more personal honours for Vardy, who won the Club's Player and Players' Player of the Season prizes, before also scooping the Premier League Golden Boot at the end of 2019/20 with 23 goals.

Another 17 goals in all competitions followed in 2020/21 – a campaign which included Vardy adding the Emirates FA Cup to his honours list at the Club.

Although exact records are limited, it is widely believed Vardy is likely to be the only player to have ever starred in every round of the FA Cup, including its preliminary stages, to go on to lift the famous trophy. He was also on the winning side as Leicester secured the FA Community Shield in August 2021.

In 2021/22, on the other hand, Vardy took his overall competitive goals tally for the Club up to 150 at Brighton & Hove Albion on 19 September. After ending the season on 17 goals, despite injuries, he is also close to climbing into the top 10 of Leicester City's all-time appearances charts. Two weeks into the new season, meanwhile, the iconic forward penned a new two-year deal at the Club, keeping him at King Power Stadium until at least 2024.

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