Former Town striker named in England squad

A familiar feeling for Vardy during a goal-laden spell at FC Halifax Town. Here, he's pictured scoring against Colwyn Bay
A familiar feeling for Vardy during a goal-laden spell at FC Halifax Town. Here, he's pictured scoring against Colwyn Bay

Ex-FC Halifax Town striker Jamie Vardy has been named in the England squad to play the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia next month.

Vardy joined Town from Stocksbridge Park Steels in May 2010 and scored 28 goals in 41 games before joining Fleetwood in August 2011.

He has just helped Leicester City to survival in the Premier League, scoring four goals in 35 games this season.

England, who are unbeaten in nine games, play the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 7 June before a Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia a week later.

The full squad is:

Goalkeepers: Rob Green (Queens Park Rangers), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley),

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Ryan Mason (Tottenham), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).