Leicester's Jamie Vardy is like Arsenal star - Football League expert

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Jamie Vardy looks set to receive a shock England call-up, and Peter Beagrie is not surprised - seeing comparisons with Danny Welbeck.

Vardy made headlines in 2012 when he moved to Leicester from non-league Fleetwood Town for a record £1 million fee.

The forward netted 16 goals in last season’s Championship campaign, but had to start the Foxes return to the Premier League injured. He made his first start to the season in the 5-3 victory over Manchester United, putting in a man of the match performance with one goal and two assists.

The game has reportedly put the 27-year-old in line for a shock England call-up, and Sky Sports Football League expert Peter Beagrie is delighted to see someone in the frame who was only playing non-league football a few years ago.

“If Jamie earned an England call-up it would be a huge boost to people and show that with a great attitude and work ethic you can achieve great things in sport and life.

"Vardy would become a beacon of light for all non-League players looking for a break to get into – or back into – the Football League.”

Beagrie is not surprised to see Vardy in the running for an international role, comparing his ‘tireless running’ and hardworking ethic to that shown every week by new Arsenal star, and England regular, Danny Welbeck.

"I judge players on their effectiveness, not how easy they are on the eye, and I suppose tireless runner Danny Welbeck would be the player in the England squad whose game is most like Vardy’s."

Welbeck has made 28 appearances for England, scoring 10 goals, and he looks to have a consistent role in the international scene for the near future. He form at club level has yet to replicate his England appearances, and he recently completed a switch to Arsenal having progressed through the youth ranks at Manchester United.

"Jamie is a far better finisher than Welbeck – though it would take a brave man to put him ahead of Welbeck – and he would not let anyone down.”

Vardy would be one of a number to make the jump from the Football League to the international scene in recent years, with Rickie Lambert the highest profile example. However, none would have made the jump as quickly as Vardy were he to make an appearance in the October friendlies.

It would represent a meteoric rise for the 27-year-old forward, and the reward of international football would be heavily deserved.

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