On-fire Leicester striker Jamie Vardy needs to stay grounded says Danny Drinkwater
With a Premier League scoring record now within touching distance and a place in England's plans for Euro 2016 seemingly there for the taking, Jamie Vardy's life has surely never felt so exciting.
Watford head coach Quique Flores joined Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri in hailing Vardy's talent after the 28-year-old had played a key role in helping Leicester to a 2-1 win and the club's disbelieving fans to enjoy at least a temporary taste of being top of the table. N'Golo Kanté scored the other goal while Troy Deeney pulled one back for Watford.
Flores described the former Sheffield factory worker as "the best striker we have played against so far." Given that Watford have already faced Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez on their return to the top flight, that is high praise - yet there is concern Vardy (pictured) needs to keep his feet on the ground, with England manager, Roy Hodgson, not alone in suggesting he should not expect the national side to be redesigned for his benefit.
Leicester pal Danny Drinkwater is understandably a member of the Vardy fan club, but when asked whether his team-mate should be given the same No 9 role for England he is enjoying in Ranieri's side, he backed Hodgson's view.
"Scoring nine games in a row is world-class striker stuff and he deserves to be part of the international scene," Drinkwater said. "His biggest threat is when he plays down the middle but there might be times when he needs to bite his tongue. International football is totally different and if [wide left] is where the manager for England wants him to play he's going to have to deal with it."