Jamie Vardy has had an incredible season and has been pivotal in Leicester City’s surprise title win, so it’s no surprise he’s been named Barclays Premier League Player of the Season, for being the most outstanding player.
Vardy was on the 10 man short list along with four other City players, three from Tottenham and one each from West Ham and Arsenal.
It’s not the only acknowledgement of his successful season. On Thursday night, the 29-year-old was awarded the top prize at the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year 2016 awards, during the glitzy event at the Landmark Hotel in London.
And to top off the fairytale season, Vardy who has scored 24 goals this season, only one goal off the league’s leading scorer Harry Kane, have been confirmed along with Kane, to be included in the England squad for Euro 2016.
England manager Roy Hodgson who couldn’t be at the Thursday night awards ceremony, wrote of his intentions in the programme notes.
It read: ‘It’s his goals that single Jamie out as very special. At the time of writing I am fortunate to have a group of English strikers in such a rich vein of form going into the European Championships, with both Jamie and Harry Kane right at the top of the goal-scoring charts.
‘This afternoon I named my squad of 23 who will travel to France and represent England in Euro 2016. For all of those 23 players named – but this year in particular the strikers – they are at the pinnacle of their game, have seen off fierce competition for their squad place and proved their worth over a sustained period of time.
‘It just remains for me to formally congratulate Jamie on this well-deserved honour.
‘I’m sorry that I can’t be at the dinner this evening but hope that Jamie and all the FWA guests have a wonderful night.
‘And Jamie – there is no need to pinch yourself, you’re not dreaming!’
Now Vardy who gets married in a couple of weeks time has said the icing on the cake this summer will be to score the goals to lead England to European Championship success in France.