Jamie Vardy scores straight away for Leicester City after England call up

England striker off the mark in final day match against Queens Park Rangers

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Jamie Vardy celebrated his surprise call up to the England squad with a goal after just 16 minutes as Leicester City took an early lead over Queens Park Rangers.


The Foxes confirmed their Premier League survival with a draw away at Sunderland last week and their joy was doubled when Vardy was given a call by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson.

The former Fleetwood Town forward was playing non-league football just five years ago but can now look forward to the prospect of playing alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling next month.

The Leicester players were given a heroes' welcome at the King Power Stadium

The 28-year-old capitalised on a poor error by Rangers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, following a tame Riyad Mahrez shot, to fire the Foxes into an early lead.

Nigel Pearson's men could finish the season on 41 points with a victory - a remarkable achievement considering that they had just 19 at the beginning of April.

On the stroke of half-time, Vardy's countryman Marc Albrighton then smashed a half-volley past McCarthy to double the hosts' advantage.