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Vardy fires Foxes into Europe's top flight

By Stuart McKinley

Jamie Vardy fired his way into the history books and then revealed that a chat with his Leicester City team-mate Danny Drinkwater helped to move them a step closer to the Premier League title.

Vardy became the first Leicester player to break the 20-goal barrier in the top flight in 31 years as he scored both goals in their 2-0 win at Sunderland.

The England striker scored his first on 66 minutes and then sealed the win in stoppage time.

The victory temporarily moved the Foxes 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham, but they cut the lead back to seven points with a 3-0 win over Manchester United at White Hart Lane. The combination of results ensured that Leicester will at least finish in the top four and play Champions League football next season.

"It is massive for me personally," said Vardy, after matching Gary Lineker's achievements of 1985 when he took his tally for the season to 21 goals.

"Me and Danny Drinkwater had a little chat in the first half and we saw that one of the centre halves was always going to attack and one was dropping off.

"So if you got the chance and you were on the last man and the ball was there to be played over the top. Luckily in the second half it has worked a treat."

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