With the aim of making it from non-league to Euro 2016, Conor Washington thinks that he can become Northern Ireland’s Jamie Vardy, as reported by the Belfast Telegraph.
Just five years ago, Washington was working as a postman and playing non-league football. However, since he was signed as the replacement to Charlie Austin at QPR, he has seen a glimmer of hope at making the Northern Ireland squad for the continental tournament in France this summer.
In thereport, Washington talks of how he nearly gave up on the game and contemplated joining the RAF, before a season of prolific goal scoring saw him earn a move to Newport County.
Washington could have opted to play for Scotland over Northern Ireland, but he was never in doubt that he would opt for the green of the Irish if he had the opportunity. His next move saw him back at Peterborough – a club who rejected him as a youngster – and the step up to League One helped him to continue his career.
The path from non-league to international football is as dramatic as it is extraordinary.