History suggests England are going to be having a Vardy party at Euro 2016


Leicester's stunning Premier League success could be about to spill over into England's fortunes at Euro 2016 if one piece of history can be relied upon.

Only one Leicester player has ever appeared on the pitch for England at a major tournament - Gordon Banks. He did it at the 1966 World Cup. England won. Therefore, obviously, if either Jamie Vardy or Danny Drinkwater play in France, England win. Right?

England's Jamie Vardy, left, and Danny Drinkwater
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Okay, no-one is going to be popping the champagne corks before we've even got the bunting out - England fans have been accused of that before - but there is undoubtedly a feelgood factor, thanks to the Foxes' unlikely success, that England can upset the odds and end a 50-year wait for a major success.

And Vardy is front and centre of that. He's an X-factor that hardly anyone in Europe has come up against yet and when they have he pulled off a ridiculously good goal against world champions Germany.

If Vardy and Drinkwater go to France - boss Roy Hodgson must still cut three players from today's 26-man squad - they will become the first outfield Leicester players ever to go to a major tournament with England.

England manager Roy Hodgson
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The only two Foxes to have gone before them are Banks and Ian Walker, who was also a goalkeeper but never played when he went to Euro 2004.

Banks's successor Peter Shilton played for Leicester and England between 1970 and 1974, his debut came after the 1970 World Cup and England didn't qualify for a major tournament again until 1980, by which time he was at Nottingham Forest.

Manchester United are set to remain the only ever-present in every England squad at major tournaments - unless Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling all miss out - having provided players to all 23 tournaments the Three Lions have qualified for.

Wayne Rooney
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The next most represented clubs are Liverpool and Tottenham, they've had players at 21 tournaments.

Assuming no Liverpool player gets cut or injured before the final squad is announced, on May 27, the Reds will overtake rivals north-west United for the most England players provided at major tournaments.

As it stands, Liverpool's five inclusions - Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and James Milner - lift their representation to 63 players while United will move up to 62, thanks to Rooney, Smalling and Rashford.

Liverpool also remain the only club to have had six players in a single England squad at a major tournament.

Liverpool's (left to right) Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Adam Lallana
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The Reds have managed this twice - at the 1980 European Championship and again in 2012. They've got five this time, as have Tottenham - assuming neither see any players cut from the final party.

Burnley have an extra reason to celebrate their return to the Premier League, with goalkeeper Tom Heaton becoming their first player to be picked by England at a major tournament since 1962.

Midfielders John Connelly and Jimmy Adamson both went to the 1962 World Cup with England, while Colin McDonald (also a goalkeeper) travelled with them in 1958.