Four years ago this weekend, Jamie Vardy had just scored his 31st goal in the Conference for Fleetwood Town.
Following a meteoric rise to the top, the 29-year-old last night garnered worldwide attention as his stunning flick helped England come from 2-0 down in Berlin to beat world champions Germany 3-2 in a friendly preparation game for this summer’s Euros.
It may not have been as important as the 1966 World Cup final or as comprehensive as the 5-1 win in 2001, but few will forget last night’s victory.
Trailing to Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez goals, Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions rallied through fine goals from Harry Kane and Vardy, whose domestic club Leicester City are, against all expectations, top of the Premier League.
Eric Dier’s stoppage-time header wrapped up the memorable win.
Social media site Twitter erupted in praise for Vardy following his goal, the first of his short England career.
Here are some of last night’s most popular tweets:
- Jamie Vardy himself (@vardy7), who said: “Great performance from the lads, never stopped believing. And what a feeling this was #firstgoal”
- Leicester City and Wales footballer Andy King (@10_Kingy): “Congrats to @vardy7 on his @england goal... Buzzing for you!”
- Freelance sports journalist Barry O’Mahony (@barryomahony4): “Jamie Vardy 2005: Factory worker 2011: Playing in the Conference 2012: League 2 2015: 19 goals in the PL 2016: 1st England goal vs Germany”
- talkSPORT and Sky reporter Tony Incenzo (@TonyIncenzo): “Jamie Vardy’s rise from non-league football to England goalscorer should give inspiration to every young footballer... Never give up!”
- Jamie Vardy’s fiancee Rebekah Nicholson (@Bexxxnic): “So proud to have been there to witness your first goal for England! @vardy7 love you millions <3 #england”
- Former Arsenal star Ian Wright (IanWright0): “just got back from the toilet and missed Jamie’s goal. Brilliant.”
- Match of the Day host and ex-England star Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker): “It’s a long time since a Leicester player scored for England. Congratulations to Jamie Vardy.”
- BBC Sport parody account BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf): “Jamie Vardy: 2012: Playing non-league football. 2016: Scores against the world champions. What a story!”
- Former Seattle Sounders player and current NBC commentator Arlo White (@arlowhite): “Where does one apply to be the commentator on the Jamie Vardy movie?”
- Official England account (@england): “What can you say? An incredible finish by @vardy7 to draw #england level”
- Match of the Day’s official Twitter account (@BBCMOTD): “71mins: Jamie Vardy comes on. 74mins: Jamie Vardy scores v Germany. Fairytale!”