Leicester's Jamie Vardy discusses England debut against Republic of Ireland

Leicester City

Jamie Vardy wants more opportunities at international level after making his England debut in a 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy said his first taste of international football with England has left him hungry for more.

Vardy became the first Leicester City player since Ian Walker in 2004 to earn an England cap when he made his debut as a 75th minute substitute for Wayne Rooney in Dublin on Sunday.

Vardy showed some promising touches and he admits he enjoyed the experience, so much so that he is targeting more international appearances and is hopeful to feature in the European Championship qualifier in Slovenia this weekend.

"I'm obviously over the moon. It literally is what dreams are made of," Vardy told TheFA.com.

"Coming on for Wayne as well, I just thought I'd go out there, enjoy myself and try to show what I can do.

"I had a little chat with the gaffer beforehand – it was literally just do what I've been doing at club level and bring it on to the field to try and get the victory that we wanted.

"It was a strange game but it still keeps us unbeaten since the World Cup.

"We've got another week's training now and we will be preparing for the next game. So hopefully we can pick up a win over in Slovenia.

"I'll be going home, pinching myself and absolutely relaxing before we meet up again. Training with the best players in England can only help me."

Jamie Vardy scored five goals and provided eight assists in the Premier League this season for Leicester City, who finished in 14th place after nearing a drop to the Championship.

It's not the best tally for a striker but his all-round contribution gave Roy Hodgson something to consider and friendlies are best used for testing out different players, formations and tactics.

In order for Leicester City to stay up again next season they need to be firing on all cylinders and to strengthen the squad whilst keeping hold of their main players. Vardy, for instance, needs to become more prolific in front of goal if he wants more international call-ups.

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