Jamie Vardy's Halifax Town manager Neil Aspin comments on Leicester City star's England chances

Jamie Vardy

The England international has had an exceptional season at Leicester.

There is no doubt that the story of the Premier League season has been Leicester City - with striker Jamie Vardy undoubtedly the fairytale story of the campaign.

The 29-year-old striker has fought his way up the football ladder. After release from Sheffield Wednesday he went on to thrive at Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before making the switch to Leicester in 2012.

After gaining little attention for his performances at the club this season he has exploded into life. His tally of 11 goals in 11 consecutive games in the Premier League help form an overall tally of 19 this season.

His form has also seen him make his England debut - not bad from a former non-league player.

Over the weekend his former manager at Halifax Neil Aspin was speaking to BBC Radio Leeds and the subject of Vardy came up.

He had nothing but good words to say about the player - who he believes should start for England at the European Championships in the summer:

"I'd love him to start. The thing with Jamie Vardy is he has not changed the way he's played since he was in non-league.

"He's played exactly the same, shown all the attributes that he does. He's obviously got tremendous pace. He shows that hunger that he does, that desire, that willingness to run and work hard.

"I think he has got all the neutral fans that don't support Leicester. I think they all like Jamie Vardy because they can all identify with him. I think he would be a really popular choice for everyone.

"He's on the up at the moment and his confidence is sky high. He's not the type of player that many international teams are used to playing against. I think he could do really well."

Vardy faces plenty of competition for the striking spots for England. Wayne Rooney is the captain whilst Harry Kane has scored more goals in all competitions than Vardy this season.

Then there is the returning Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck - not to mention a long list of other potential suitors.

Vardy looks set to go to France, that does not appear to be in doubt. But will he start? Aspin and Leicester fans might be left disappointed.

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