Rangers defender James Tavernier targets England call-up

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Rangers defender James Tavernier wants to follow in the footsteps of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and play for England.

Rangers defender James Tavernier has told The Scottish Sun that he wants to follow in the footsteps of Jamie Vardy and play for the England national team.

Leicester City striker Vardy has been called up to the England squad for upcoming friendly international matches against Spain and France.

The former FC Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town man has already played four times for the Three Lions, and former Newcastle United right-back Tavernier wants to follow in his footsteps.

"There is always an ambition to play for England and if that opportunity comes up in my career then I would be honoured to do that,” the 24-year-old told The Scottish Sun. “I just have to keep working hard, keep working hard for Rangers and see where it goes from there.”

“You have seen players have a great season and go for big moves and they go on leaps and bounds from there like Jamie Vardy this season,” added Tavernier. “He has been great playing for Leicester and he’s come out and he’s doing well for England now.”

Tavernier, who struggled to make an impact at Newcastle, joined Rangers from English League One club Wigan Athletic in the summer transfer window.

The defender has been sensational for Scottish Championship side Gers so far this campaign and has scored 10 goals in 19 appearances.

The Englishman, who has been nicknamed the ‘Blue Cafu’, will be a key player for Rangers in their promotion push as the season progresses.

Mark Warburton’s side are at the top of the league table at the moment with 36 points from 13 matches. Rangers are five points clear of Hibernian, who are currently second in the standings.

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