Roy Hodgson admits it will be hard to leave Jamie Vardy out of the England squad for Euro 2016 if he maintains his current form.
Vardy made history last month when he broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 12-year record by scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.
The Leicester striker, playing non-league football with Fleetwood three-and-a-half years ago, is top of the Premier League scoring charts with 14 goals.
Hodgson has rewarded Vardy by handing him four caps, but the 28-year-old faces competition from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott for a place in the England manager’s squad for France.
On the eve of the draw for the tournament, Hodgson praised Vardy and conceded he would be a “very strong contender” for a place in his 23-man party if he continued his fine form.
“It’s a fantastic record and he (Vardy) is to be really congratulated on it,” the England manager said.
“He has received an awful lot of praise but he deserves it because during that run of games where he has scored in 11 consecutive games and scored 13 goals, he has scored some very good ones.
“But on top of that, he has done it playing very much as a team player, so his contribution outside of the goals has been quite enormous.
“It has been a remarkable rise and a remarkable success story and we can only hope he can keep his form up – he won’t score in every game between now and when I select a team for the Euros – but what he can do is continue to be Jamie Vardy, playing in the way Jamie Vardy does, and that is always going to make him a very strong contender (for selection).”