Vardy named in England squad

Jamie Vardy in action for Fleetwood
Jamie Vardy in action for Fleetwood
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Former Fleetwood Town striker Jamie Vardy has been named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad to face Ireland and Slovenia.

The 28-year-old scored 31 goals in 36 apperances for Town- playing a key role in their promotion to The Football League.

He was sold to Leicester City for a non-league record £1m fee and has since enjoyed promotion to the Premier League with the Foxes.

His form in recent months has helped City in their bid to secure top flight survival and caught the attention of Hodgson - who is without man of the moment Harry Kane - the Spurs man joining up with the Under-21 squad as they bid to become European champions.

Other new names in the squad include Burnley keeper Tom Heaton and former Clarets striker Charlie Austin - now with QPR.

ENGLAND SQUAD

Goalkeepers

Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Midfielders

Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)