Former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright has claimed he predicted that Jamie Vardy would play international football after his first Premier League start back in 2014.
Vardy started his first Premier League game in a memorable 5-3 win over Manchester United with the striker scoring once and providing assists for the other four goals.
Seven years later, the striker has just scored his 126th and 127th goals in the league with a brace against Watford at the weekend.
The City man also represented England 26 times, scoring seven goals.
Speaking on Fozcast, the Ben Foster Podcast , Wright says he ‘adores’ Vardy, and not just because of his goalscoring prowess.
“Jamie Vardy,” he answered when asked which current player is most similar to himself.
“And you know what I love about him? I love when Jamie Vardy teases (the opposition).
“When he blasted onto the scene, when he scored that goal against United when [Leicester] were just magnificent in that game, I remember saying ‘if that guy carries on what he’s doing, he will play for England’.
“I got hammered. They were cooking me for it. I saw everything in him: pace, desire, finishing ability, hard work. I saw every single thing in Jamie Vardy and I still see it to this day.
“I hate playing against him, mate. I hate playing against him,” the Hornets stopper added. “You know, if you give him a split second, he will play on the shoulder.
“Take your eye off him for a split second, the ball’s over the top and he’s in.”
Vardy’s two goals against Watford moved him level with Ian Wright for the most Premier League goals scored by someone aged 30 or over, a record he will look to beat when City travel to Southampton on Wednesday night.