Jamie Vardy named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year

22 goals in 34 league appearances was enough to ensure the Leicester City striker won the award

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been named the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year for his help in guiding Leicester to the brink of the unlikeliest of Premier League titles.

Vardy, who has not appeared in the last two games for Leicester due to suspension, has scored 22 goals in 34 games in the league this year and also burst onto the international scene with goals against Germany and the Netherlands for England in March.

FWA chairman Andy Dunn said, “It is testament to their all-round excellence that so many Leicester players polled votes from our members. The Jamie Vardy story, though, clearly captured the imagination of so many writers.

“His record-breaking feat of scoring in 11 consecutive matches is the jewel in what will surely be Leicester’s Premier League crown.

“And the Footballer of the Year award is not just a reflection of his fantastic season, but recognition of a remarkable journey from non-league to the international stage.”

Upon receiving the award, Vardy said, "It's a great honour to win such a prestigious award and to have my name added to a list of previous winners that includes some unbelievable players. Thank you to the Football Writers' Association and to everyone that voted.

"Thank you, also, to my team-mates, who are the reason I've been able to achieve anything. It's been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on team-work, not individuals, which you can see in the voting.

"Thanks also to the manager, all the staff and the fans for their support. We're all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks of the season and turning a great season into one we'll never forget."

It remains to be seen where Vardy is plying his trade next year but his C.V has received a major boost this season with a Hollywood movie even in the works of the mercurial rise of the Sheffield-born striker.