Jamie Vardy’s remarkable rise continues at this summer’s 2018 World Cup, where Hollywood script writers are hoping for a “fairy tale ending” to the England football striker’s story.
The former non-league player had not even made his Premier League debut when the Three Lions headed to Brazil four years ago.
But now Vardy is an established top-flight performer and England international, scoring seven goals in 21 appearances for his country and bound for Russia after playing at Euro 2016.
Yet the most striking part of the ex-Stocksbridge Park Steels frontman’s rise came at Leicester, having helped them out of the Championship, to stave off relegation and then, incredibly, a 5,000-1 shot Premier League triumph in 2016.
So extraordinary has the 31-year-old’s rise been that Hollywood producers are planning a movie about his life, although they have yet to finish the script.
Asked if filmmakers are waiting for a dream World Cup ending, Vardy told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I’m not really sure!
“I do know that it’s happening so it’s down to the directors and the script writers.
“The waiting is nothing down to me, they know what they want. If this is what they’re waiting for – a fairy-tale ending – then so be it.”
“You just want to keep getting better and better so if you can do it on the big stage, and it helps your team-mates out, obviously with what football means to the country, we’re all excited about that,” Vardy said.
“You’ve seen the way the boss has gone about it. He’s picked a lot of players who were in form and rightly so, they deserve to have the call-up.
“He’s going for it. It’s a young squad, anything can happen and, in our heads, we know we can win it.
“But in our heads we’ve got to make sure we’re on our game every day. Make sure we’re 100 per cent and working to get as far as possible.”