Leicester's Jamie Vardy moved wedding to keep Euro 2016 hopes alive
Leicester forward Jamie Vardy says he has moved his wedding to ensure he is available to play for England at Euro 2016.
Vardy, 28, has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence since joining Leicester from non-league Fleetwood Town in 2012.
He is the Premier League's leading scorer this season with 12 goals, scoring in his last nine league games, and now appears to be well established in Roy Hodgson's England squad after making his debut in June.
He spent the 2012 European Championship on holiday in Greece after sealing his move from Fleetwood, but the former Halifax player is now making plans to play for his country at next summer's finals in France.
"I was due to get married bang on the start of the Euros," Vardy told the Daily Mail. "The missus was on to me to move it. I thought it was fine. Then we moved it just to be on the safe side after I had my first call-up.
"'It was on a weekend, it's now a midweek, which is not ideal for guests, but is just one of those things. May 25 is the new date, the week after the season finishes."
Steve Walsh, who works as assistant manager and head of player recruitment at Leicester, has revealed that Vardy asked for a bonus in his contract if he ever represented his country.
"He's such a confident lad he actually put in his contract when he joined Leicester for a bonus if he became an England player," Walsh told BBC Radio 5 Live. "Micky Mellon was his manager [at Fleetwood Town] at the time and he said Vardy 'could be anything he wants to be.'"
Vardy, who worked in a factory in Sheffield during the early years of his career, told the Mail that players from non-league are too readily overlooked.
"It wasn't nice having to work full-time," he said. "It's a rise that I wouldn't have predicted but it's a good example for younger players of what can be achieved.
"To be honest there are a lot of good players out there in the Conference. I think often it's a case of teams not willing to risk it. Fortunately for me, Leicester did."
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Luton Town boss John Still agrees that non-league players should be given more of a chance to impress.
Still, who guided Luton out of the conference in 2014, highlighted the fact Fulham signed Chris Smalling from non-league Maidstone in 2008, two years before he agreed a move to Manchester United, while Premier League newcomers Bournemouth have two former non-league players on the books.
"Jamie Vardy's not a one-off, but the talent is being missed," Still told the BBC programme "Straight Outta Conference."
"There's more out there that deserve a chance. It's people willing to take that chance"
He added: "There's too many one-offs for him to be a one-off. He's made a great impact and he's headlining the show, but it's because he's a goal-scorer that Vardy's a bit more highlighted.
"Look at people like Harry Arter at Bournemouth. He has worked his way up to the Premier League and he was at Woking. Another Bournemouth lad, Lee Tomlin, he also came through from Rushden & Diamonds.
"Chris Smalling at Manchester United came through the same sort of path -- because he's a defender he's not seen as quite as special, although he's playing for Manchester United and has a good few England caps."