Vardy to break yet another record as he bids for FA Cup glory with Leicester

Jamie Vardy is determined to lift the FA Cup after playing in 13 rounds of the competition since starting at the bottom in non-league.

The former factory worker has made a habit of defying the odds in his incredible rise from obscurity.

He already boasts a Premier League title from 2016 after he scored in a record-breaking 11 games in a row.

Now he is poised to play in every round of the FA Cup from the preliminary round dating back to his days with tiny Stocksbridge.

The veteran, 34, is proud of the remarkable sequence and will use it as motivation at Wembley.

But he expects a very different test against Chelsea compared to some of the brutal physical challenges he used to face.

Jamie Vardy in his days with local club Stocksbridge after his release from Sheffield Wednesday

Vardy reflected: “To have gone all the way from the bottom and played every round just makes it even more interesting and me even more determined to try and get the win.

“In non-league they are the games you want to progress as far as possible because of the money you get from winning a game.

“It keeps clubs afloat and covers their wage bill for two years.

“There was a time I didn’t necessarily think my career was going to be playing anywhere near where I am now, so they would have been massive games.

“As a smaller, younger kid what I needed to get into my head straightaway was: ‘it’s going to be physical, if you take someone on they’re not going to be happy, they’re going to try to kick you’.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring for an 11th successive Premier League game to beat Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record

“It was all about toughening up and making sure that if there was a tackle, I wouldn’t shy out of it.

“I was about 10.5 stone at the time so it was about making sure the whole 10.5 stone was going in for a tackle to put myself about and ruffle a few feathers.

“Chelsea will definitely not be able to get away with some of the stuff that used to happen in non-league, that is a fact.

“But it is a contact sport and you have to be prepared to take the knocks along the way.”

Vardy is now just over 11-and-a-half stone and has developed into a Premier League heavyweight.

There are only five celebrities left in DOI, including Rebekah Vardy
Jamie’s wife Rebekah Vardy in Dancing On Ice

Last season’s top-flight golden boot winner is focused on lifting the Cup and has no plans to retire.

Vardy, who has two more years on his King Power contract, added: “If it did happen, it’s that last box fully ticked.

“But I’d want to be coming back again next year to try and win it again.

“I just live for the now, anything else that happens in the future like retirement, it’ll be my legs that tell me.

“As a team we want to keep progressing.

“We’ve got to the final of the FA Cup, it’s a big achievement.

“But we want to go on and win it.

“Whatever happens, win or lose, next year we’ll be trying to get into the same position.”

The 5:15pm kick-off is live on the BBC as Vardy will take centre stage in the family from wife Rebekah who was on the most recent series of ‘Dancing on Ice’.

Vardy smiled: “She did really well on it.

“There was knocks along the way and bruises but she is not one to give up so she just knuckled down and got on with it.

“The kids and myself loved watching her on it.

“We couldn’t be any more proud but it is my time now to hopefully make the Leicester fans and my family proud.”

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