Goal Machine

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Premier League Club Leicester City and England National Team player Jamie Vardy opens up about his game, fame, book and more

Ace footballer Jamie Vardy’s goal at the King Power Stadium against Manchester United last season etched his name into the history books. It was the moment he broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record to score in 11 consecutive Premier League games, a record that had stood since 2003.

Life changing moment

Life has not been same since for the former Non-League striker, who famously lead Leicester City through a remarkable title winning campaign. The overwhelming attention that Vardy garners when he steps outside of his front door is more than flattering and it’s taking time for both him and his family to adjust to all the fanfare.

Fond memories

Last month he released an autobiography, Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story, sharing his journey from being an ordinary lad from Sheffield to becoming a famous footballer. “After our performance at the Leicester City last year, we were expecting to grab eyeballs,” Vardy explains, adding “It felt like everyone wanted a piece of me when I broke the record. I had media duties every single day. Obviously we’re in a new season now so hopefully media-wise everything will go back to how it used to be for a while. [Laughs].”

A fresh start

After defying all exceptions with his club and landing a Hollywood movie, Vardy went on to earn a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad and scored a welcome equaliser against Wales. The 29 year old feels a childhood ambition has been fulfilled. “I was massively proud to represent my country at a major tournament. It didn’t end the way everyone wanted it to but it was a young squad as well so it was massive learning curve for everyone. Now it’s time to start a fresh and see where we go from here.”

Inspiration tales

After rising through the ranks of Non- League football with the likes of Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town, Vardy inspired West Ham winger Michail Antonio, who was the only uncapped player in England’s squad for the opening World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in Trnava. “It’s brilliant that Michail Antonio feels inspired by me but I’ve said in many interviews in the past that there is a lot of talent in non-league, and players who are more than capable of taking the jumps and steps up the ladder into League football, should carry that on,” he says.

Signing off

On an ending note, Vardy adds, “Michail is one of many who has managed to do that so far and I’m sure there are plenty more who will be able to do it in the future. I hope that the academy I have set up (V9 Academy) will help create more such players in future.”

by: Claire Bloomfield

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