Burnley striker Andre Gray plans on emulating Leicester City ace Jamie Vardy

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Burnley’s Andre Gray has commented on Leicester City star Jamie Vardy’s metaphoric rise.

Burnley striker Andre Gray says Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is an inspiration to all non-league players and hopes to follow in his footsteps by thriving in the Premier League, the Mirror reports.

Gray, like Leicester’s top scorer, also came through the non-league ranks and now finds himself topping Burnley’s scoring charts in their bid for promotion from the Championship.

Indeed, the former Brentford ace is keen to complete his dream by playing in the top-flight and remembers the day when he faced Vardy during his days at Fleetwood Town.

“I look at Jamie Vardy, I played against him when he was at Fleetwood and he’s gone on and proved he can score goals in the Premier League,” Gray was quoted as saying.

“There are so many names you can reel off, who have come from non-league and done it in the Premier League. So the dream is still alive and hopefully I can fulfil it.”

“Then who knows? Maybe England? That would be a dream come true.”

Gray, 24, enjoyed goal scoring spells at Hinckley United and Luton Town before joining Brentford in the summer of 2014.

He notched 18 league goals in his debut Championship campaign, prompting a £9 million summer switch to promotion-chasing Burnley – a figure quoted by the Mirror.

Gray has since gone on to score 15 goals in 23 games for the Clarets, illustrating exactly why he is being touted for the top-flight and why the Lancashire club broke their transfer fee record for his services.

Vardy has been an utter revelation for the Foxes since joining the club, and if Gray maintains his fine current form, then the former non-league duo could be Premier League opponents as of next season.

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