Best yet to come says Vardy
The chances of the Jamie Vardy story going to Hollywood only increased with Saturday's stunning goal as England came back to beat world champions Germany.
But it is a moment the striker hopes will not be the best moment of his career for long.
Having spent his early twenties playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels and, occasionally, The Anvil pub team in Sheffield, the 29-year-old is now leading Leicester’s unlikely Premier League title charge.
Such an incredible rise has even led to interest from a Hollywood screenwriter, whose interest in Vardy’s career will have been piqued by his wonderful goal during England’s 3-2 comeback win in Berlin.
Germany’s World Cup-winning coach Joachim Low called Vardy “spectacular” in the build-up to Saturday’s match – comments the striker was unaware of but justified with a beautiful, instinctive flick to open his international account.
“It was a good goal, my first one so I will definitely never forget that,” Vardy said.
“I have made the run across the defender and the ball has come a bit behind, so I have had to adjust.
“The only chance I had of making a good connection with it was with a backheel flick and luckily have got enough power on it for it go into the net.
“Yeah, definitely it is the best moment of my career but I have still got plenty of time left in my career, so hopefully there will be more.”
Helping Leicester to the title would no doubt top it, continuing a remarkable journey few would have predicted.
Vardy’s impact off the bench complemented a fine all-round performance and goal from Kane, giving Hodgson a welcome selection dilemma with Euro 2016 soon arriving.
The Foxes striker was not keen to compare England’s attacking outlets to the rest of Europe’s – “we just concentrate on ourselves” he said – but was more forthcoming when it came to the make-up of the squad.
“It’s a very close-knit group,” Vardy said. “It always has been and it always will be – and that is what you want in the dressing room.
“You don’t want it to be some over there, and others over there and some over here. You need everyone to be all together and on the same page.”