That form eventually saw him named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia in June 2015. His international debut then came in Dublin as a second half substitute for England captain Wayne Rooney.
Following his release from boyhood idols Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager, Vardy began his path back to the professional game with South Yorkshire club Stocksbridge Park Steels, making his senior debut in 2007 and enjoying a successful three years with the club.
He joined Halifax Town in June 2010 and strengthened his growing reputation with 27 goals as the Shaymen won promotion to the Blue Square Bet North, but Vardy would go one step further when he joined ambitious Fleetwood Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier for a substantial fee that summer.
He proved an inspired signing for the Cod Army, hitting 34 goals in 40 appearances, as Micky Mellon’s team stormed to promotion to the Football League as Conference champions with over a century of points.
But Vardy’s performances meant a move to a higher level was inevitable and it was Leicester City that won the race, snapping him up on a three-year deal.
The dangerous striker opened his Foxes account on his debut, netting the final goal in a 4-0 win over Torquay United in a League Cup first round tie and eventually going on to make 29 appearances during 2012/13, scoring five times.