England manager Roy Hodgson appears to have let slip that the breakthrough star of 2016, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, will be in his squad for the Euros this summer.
Vardy was awarded the FWA Player of the Year award on Thursday night, as voted for by the country’s media, after a season which has seen him score 24 goals in the Premier League and becomes a league champion in the top flight.
And after Hodgson already assured his captain, Wayne Rooney, of place on the squad travelling to France this summer, he’s now indicated that Vardy will be on the flight too.
Hodgson said in quotes picked up by the Daily Mail: “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!”
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran