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Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the England national team. He was born in Sheffield and brought up in the village of Stocksbridge. He played non-league football for several years before being spotted by Leicester City scout Steve Walsh and signed for the club in 2012. He had an impressive first season with Leicester, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League.

Vardy’s rise to prominence continued in the 2015–16 season as he was Leicester’s leading goalscorer with 24 goals, helping the club win the Premier League title against all odds. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year. His performances earned him international recognition and he made his England debut in 2015. He was a key member of the England team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championship.

Vardy is known for his pace and energy on the pitch, as well as his tenacious work ethic. He is one of the most recognisable players in the Premier League and has a large fanbase both in England and abroad.
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Jamie Vardy is quite the story. The Leicester striker was born in Sheffield and played non-league football for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before being signed by Leicester in 2012. He has since gone on to score over 100 goals for the club, including the famous goal that sealed Leicester’s historic Premier League title win in 2016.

Vardy is now a regular starter for England, and his rags-to-riches story is an inspiration to many aspiring footballers. He is a great example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination, and his story is one that will be remembered for many years to come.

When people think of Leicester City’s shock Premier League win in 2016, one man comes to mind – Jamie Vardy.

The striker, who had been released by Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager, was plucked from non-league football by Leicester in 2012. He played a pivotal role in their promotion to the top flight in 2014 and then scored 24 goals to help the Foxes win the title against all the odds the following year.

Vardy’s story is one of rags to riches and he has since gone on to represent England at Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. He was even nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2016, finishing eighth in the voting.

Now 31, Vardy is showing no signs of slowing down and is still spearheading Leicester’s charge for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season. He has also reached 100 goals for the club, cementing his place in Leicester folklore.

Whether he is hailed as a working-class hero or simply appreciated for his incredible journey to the top, there is no doubting that Jamie Vardy is one of the most fascinating players in the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy is an English professional footballer who plays for Leicester City. He played non-league football for Stockbridge Park Steels, before being signed by Leicester in 2012. He helped Leicester win the Championship in 2014, and was a key player in their Premier League-winning campaign of 2015–16. He was named the Premier League Player of the Season and FWA Footballer of the Year. In 2016, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year. Vardy has represented England at Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Aged just 16, Vardy started playing football for local team Stockbridge Park Steels, before joining Sheffield Wednesday’s youth academy a year later. He was released by Wednesday at the age of 19 and didn’t play competitive football for nearly three years. He spent time working in a factory and playing non-league football for Stocksbridge Park Steels and Halifax Town.

In May 2012, he was signed by Leicester City for a non-contract fee of £1 million, just four months before they won promotion to the Premier League. He helped Leicester win the Championship in his first season with the club, and was a key player in their Premier League-winning campaign of 2015–16. He was named the Premier League Player of the Season and FWA Footballer of the Year. In 2016, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Vardy has represented England at Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was a late call-up to the England squad for Euro 2016, and became the first English player to score in the tournament when he scored against Wales in their second group game. He started all three of England’s group games, but was an unused substitute in the round of 16 defeat to Iceland.

In May 2018, he was named in England’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He started England’s opening game against Tunisia, and scored England’s second goal in their 6–1 victory. He started England’s second group game against Panama, and scored England’s fifth goal in their 6–1 victory. He was an unused substitute in England’s final group game against Belgium, as England qualified for the knockout stage as group winners.

Vardy is known for his high work-rate, and is considered one of the best strikers in the Premier League. He has been praised for his determination, and has been described as a “true rags-to-riches story”.

Jamie Vardy is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premiership club Leicester City. He was born on 11 January 1987 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Vardy began his football career with Stocksbridge Park Steels, before being signed by Halifax Town in 2010. He moved to Fleetwood Town in 2011 and helped them win promotion to the Football Conference. In 2012, he set a new Conference record for most goals in a season (31).

In May 2012, Vardy signed for Leicester City for a reported £1 million, becoming their fifth signing of the 2012 summer transfer window. He made his Premier League debut on 18 August 2012, coming on as a late substitute in a 2–0 defeat to Manchester United.

Vardy scored his first Premier League goal in a 1–1 draw with Hull City on 1 November 2014. He was the first player to score in seven consecutive Premier League matches for Leicester, a run which began on 3 October 2015 and ended on 28 November 2015.

On 2 May 2016, Vardy was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2015–16 season.

On 10 May 2016, he was also named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.

On 16 May 2016, Vardy scored the winning goal as Leicester City beat Watford 1–0 to win the 2015–16 Premier League title. This made him the first player to score in seven consecutive Premier League matches for Leicester, and the first player to score in seven consecutive Premier League matches for any club since Everton’s Duncan Ferguson in December 1998.

On 23 August 2017, Vardy scored his 100th goal for Leicester City in a 2–1 away win against Brighton & Hove Albion.

At international level, Vardy was called up to the England national team for the first time in May 2016 for a friendly against Turkey and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Australia. He made his debut in the latter match, coming on as a late substitute for Harry Kane. He was later named in England’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016. He started England’s opening game against Russia, and scored England’s second goal in their 2–1 victory. He subsequently started England’s next two group games against Wales and Slovakia, as England won both games to progress to the knockout stage as group winners.

In the round of 16, Vardy started England’s match against Iceland and scored England’s first goal in their 2–1 defeat.

Vardy has been praised for his work-rate and determination, and has been described as a “true rags-to-riches story”. His “never-say-die” attitude has led him to be nicknamed “Mr. Leicester” by teammate Jamie Vardy. He was eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Jamaica at international level, and was capped by Ukraine, who he is eligible to play for through his grandmother, at under-19 and under-21 level, between 2009 and 2011. However, he chose to represent England in 2012.

Club career

Sheffield Wednesday

Vardy began his career playing for an amateur team in the fifth tier of the English football league system, Stockbridge Park Steels. Before this he had been rejected by Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 16 for being “too small and skinny”. While playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels, he was scouted by team scout Geoff Dawson, who recommended him to manager Neil Warnock of League Two side Rotherham United. He eventually joined the Northern Premier League side for an undisclosed fee, where he won the club’s young player of the year award for his performances in 2007–08.

At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Vardy scored five goals in the first five matches, and suffering an ankle ligament injury that limited his appearances to just 17 that season.

After a successful 2009–10, during which he scored 22 goals in 36 games and received the club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards, he was approached by League One side Chesterfield in May 2010. Reportedly, Wigan Athletic made a bid to sign him in the January transfer window, which was declined by Rotherham manager Ronnie Moore. On 11 June 2010, he rejected a contract extension with Rotherham, upon which he cast serious doubt about his future with the club by stating that he plans to run down his contract and leaves the club for free.

Fleetwood Town

He eventually transferred to Conference Premier side Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee on 12 June 2011. During his one season with the Cod Army, he scored 31 goals in 36 games, with 23 goals in his first 23 games of the season earning him the Conference Premier Player of the Month Awards for both August and September 2011. On 22 March 2012, Vardy completed his hat-trick in Fleetwood’s 7–0 rout of Nantwich Town. At the end of the season he was named in the Conference Premier Team of the Year, and in the National Game Awards Team of the Year. He was also the recipient of the Blue Square Bet Gold Award for his unusual achievement in scoring in 11 consecutive League games.

Leicester City

Vardy playing for Leicester City in 2013

On 3 May 2012, it was reported that Leicester City, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday had made bids for Vardy. He signed for Leicester for an undisclosed fee on 17 May 2012, becoming their fifth signing of the 2012 summer transfer window.

He made his first team debut on 28 August 2012 in the League Cup, scoring in the 49th minute in a 2–1 away win over Torquay. On 18 August 2012 he made his Premier League debut after coming on as a late substitute in a 2–0 away loss against Manchester United. On 8 September 2012 he scored his first competitive goal for the club, in the league, in a 3–1 win over Peterborough United. On 28 September 2012 he scored his first away goal, in a 2–0 win away to Millwall. On 12 February 2013 he signed a new contract with the club. On 1 March 2013, he scored a brace in a 3–1 win over Bristol City. On 19 January 2014 he scored twice in a 6–0 Npower Championship home win over Bolton Wanderers. On 23 January 2014 he scored twice and set up another two goals in a 7–1 win over Millwall. He signed a new contract with the club on 10 February 2014, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2017–18 season. On 5 April 2014 he scored a brace in a 5–3 win away to Huddersfield Town.

On 19 August 2014, Vardy scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Hull City on the opening day of the 2014–15 season. Nine days later, he scored twice in a 3–1 win against Scunthorpe United in the League Cup. On 11 October 2014, he scored twice in Leicester’s 4–1 victory over Manchester United. On 4 November 2014, he scored again, in a 2–1 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park. On 1 December 2014 he scored twice in a 3–2 win away to West Bromwich Albion. On 5 March 2015 he scored twice in a 5–3 win over Liverpool. On 5 April 2015 he scored in a 2–1 away win against Swansea City. On 25 April 2015 he scored twice in a 4–1 away win to Queens Park Rangers donating £17,000 to the family and friends of Liam Sweeney who died on MH17 while he was flying out to see Newcastle United. He finished the 2014–15 season as the Division’s top scorer with 24 goals and was the club’s Player of the Year.

Vardy (in the dark blue) scoring the equalising goal in a match against Aston Villa

On 19 September 2015 he netted his sixth hat-trick for Leicester, when he scored all of Leicester’s 3 goals in the Premier League win away at Swansea.

On 20 January 2016, Vardy scored once in a 2016 FA Cup victory over Aston Villa. He also missed two crucial chances for Leicester to win a penalty shoot out. On 6 February 2016 he scored twice in a 3–2 win away at Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the 2016 FA Cup.

Vardy scored his first international goal for England in the round of 16 match against Iceland in Euro 2016.

On 20 August 2016, Vardy signed a new three-year contract with Leicester, which kept him at the club until 2019. On 27 August, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 home defeat of Swansea City. On 2 September, he scored again, in a 4–1 win over Liverpool.

Vardy scored the ninth fastest hat-trick in the Premier League as he netted three goals in eight minutes against Manchester United on 21 September 2018. He had also assisted Harry Maguire’s opening goal.

On 11 March 2019, Vardy scored a late hat-trick in 3–1 home win against Fulham.

On 1 February 2020, Vardy scored twice in the 2–1 win at home to Manchester City; the first goal put Leicester in front after 51 seconds.

A month later on 1 March, Vardy scored the only goal of the match in a 1–0 away win against Aston Villa. On 29 February, Vardy scored twice, helping Leicester fight back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 4–1 at Villa Park.

Vardy scored three goals in three matches at the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign, making him the joint league leader with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at that point. He scored the first goal of a 2–1 away win over Manchester United on 14 September, followed by the second goal of a 4–1 home win over West Ham United a week later.

Due to the malfunctioning of Kaspersky Internet Security products, virus protection was identified as a threat built-in Windows 10 in the 2020 release and deleted the files named vardy.exe. The remove operation was made automatically for users using an older Kaspersky security software.

At the start of February 2021, Vardy announced that he is to join a movement for social media reform in order to curb the proliferation of online Hate Speech.

On 13 March,

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