Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has been in fine form so far this season. In the four games he has played in for the Foxes, he has scored one goal and contributed two assists. The 27-year-old particularly caught England manager Roy Hodgson’s eye during an impressive performance in Leicester’s 5-3 home win against Manchester United – England assistant manager Ray Lewington was also in attendance at Selhurst Park to watch Vardy in Leicester’s 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend.
The forward could be called up for England’s next European qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia due to Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge still recovering from an injury and Rickie Lambert not getting a lot of playing time at Anfield.
If Vardy were to be called up for England duty, this would represent a major point in his football career, as only three seasons ago he was playing his football in the Conference for Fleetwood Town. The striker began his career at current eighth-tier side Stocksbridge Park Steels before moving to the Northern Premier League with Halifax FC and then Fleetwood Town in the Conference National.
If he were to be drafted into the Three Lions squad, I doubt he would be starting due to Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney both being more established players.
One of Vardy’s closest competitors for a selection spot is West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino. Both players are strong in terms of their finishing, but the 21-year-old has scored four goals this season from six Premier League appearances and achieved a whoscored.com rating of 7.04. Vardy, on the other hand, has a whoscored.com rating of 7.16 so far this season. Berahino has a higher pass completion percentage, completing 89% of his passes compared to Vardy’s 77%. That’s a higher pass completion percentage than Rooney, Welbeck and Sturridge, too. Vardy may have a higher shot accuracy than the others with 77% accuracy, but he has only had four shots all season.
If we’re going down the line of one of these players being selected as a support striker, then you would have to pick Vardy due to him having two assists compared to Berahino who has none. He has created more chances, too, with six, compared to Berahino who has created four and Rooney who has created five. Playing the likes of Berahino and Vardy against San Marino and Estonia will give England the chance to rest their more important players for the tougher fixtures.
Vardy does have a chance at being selected, but only if Roy Hodgson is looking for another support striker. However, the chances are slim as Hodgson usually goes for the younger players against weaker nations in order to give them international experience. Therefore, I think Berahino has more of a chance of earn a Three Lions cap than Vardy.