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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy names toughest opponent he has faced this season

Plenty of Premier League defenders might name Jamie Vardy as their toughest opponent this season.

The Leicester City striker has tortured back lines with his non-stop running and electric pace all campaign, helping himself to 19 goals and firing the Foxes to within touching distance of the title.

And he added a couple more defenders to his list of victims on Saturday when he came off the bench to score a delightful back-flick equaliser in England’s 3-2 comeback victory over Germany in Berlin.

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But what about the toughest opponent that Vardy has faced this season? When asked the question, The Express reports that 29-year-old named one of his England teammates – Chris Smalling.

The former non-league forward is quoted by The Express as saying: “I’d have to say Chris Smalling this year; he never gives you a moment’s rest. It’s better to have him on your team than against.”

Interestingly, Vardy scored against Smalling’s Manchester United in November’s 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium – the goal that saw him break the Premier League record for goals in 11 straight games.

The two could meet again at Old Trafford in May, in what could be a huge game in the title race, but will then be on the same team again as England prepare for Euro 2016 in France this summer.

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