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Jamie Vardy makes it four England goals in five appearances

Published 16/06/2016

Jamie Vardy celebrated his fourth England goal in the 2-1 victory over Wales at Euro 2016 in Lens
Jamie Vardy celebrated his fourth England goal in the 2-1 victory over Wales at Euro 2016 in Lens

Jamie Vardy scored his fourth England goal in five appearances when he came off the bench to equalise against Wales at Euro 2016 in Lens.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the performances of the Leicester striker in his other eight England caps.

Republic of Ireland 0 England 0 (Friendly, June 7 2015)

Vardy, who just a few years before had been playing non-league football, made his senior international debut as a late substitute during a low-key goalless draw against the Republic of Ireland in a Dublin friendly, and had few chances during his 15-minute cameo.

San Marino 0 England 6 (Euro 2016 qualifier, September 2015)

Vardy was named in the England starting XI for the first time, but despite a promising display, the Leicester forward could not get on the scoresheet against the Group E minnows at the Stadio Olimpico.

England 2 Estonia 0 (Euro 2016 qualifier, October 2015)

A string of impressive performances in the Premier League, including a brace in the 5-2 defeat by Arsenal, saw Vardy involved for England again, this time at Wembley, but only as a late substitute, replacing goalscorer Theo Walcott for the last seven minutes.

Lithuania 0 England 3 (Euro 2016 qualifier, October 2015)

With the Three Lions already on their way to France, Vardy got the nod to start the closing Group E fixture in Vilnius alongside Harry Kane, but failed to open his England account.

Germany 2 England 3 (Friendly, March 2016)

Vardy's first England goal was worth the wait, as it helped Roy Hodgson's young side come back from 2-0 down to record a memorable victory over Germany in Munich. Vardy had not long come off the bench when he flicked the ball in at the near post from Nathaniel Clyne's cross to level on 74 minutes, before Eric Dier's header won it in stoppage time.

England 1 Netherlands 2 (Friendly, March 2016)

The Leicester striker was back in the starting XI at Wembley, on a night when both teams paid tribute to late Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. Vardy converted Kyle Walker's cross to give England the lead just before half-time, but Holland responded in the second half with a penalty from Vincent Janssen and won it on 77 minutes through Luciano Narsingh.

England 2 Turkey 1 (Friendly, May 2016)

Vardy, voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association, netted a late winner at the Etihad Stadium in the opening warm-up game ahead of the Euro 2016 finals. Kane fired the hosts ahead inside four minutes, but Hakan Calhanoglu levelled against a shaky defence. A missed second-half penalty from Spurs frontman Kane looked to have blown England's chances, before Vardy struck from close range with seven minutes left.

England 1 Portugal 0 (Friendly, June 2016)

The Leicester striker started the final friendly before France in an attack-minded line-up also including Kane and captain Wayne Rooney. Deployed out wide, Vardy did not have much of an impact, and was replaced by Raheem Sterling on 66 minutes. Portugal had Bruno Alves sent off in the first half, and were eventually beaten by a late Chris Smalling header.

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