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The secrets of my success? Chewing tobacco, Red Bull& AVOIDING THE GYM; ENGLAND AT THE EUROS; WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU, JAMIE!

Byline: FROM DAVE KIDD Chief Sports Writer in Chantilly

JAMIE VARDY has revealed the secrets of his extraordinary fitness regime - nicotine, caffeine and NEVER going to the gym.

The Leicester and England striker, renowned for his explosive pace, is happy to admit he has always thrived on the high-caffeine Red Bull energy drink and also uses oral nicotine pouches to give him an extra buzz.

And Vardy, who leapt off the bench to net England's equaliser in Thursday's 2-1 victory over Wales, says that going to the gym would only slow him down and that the heaviest weight he lifts is a can of Red Bull.

Vardy, 29, has cleared his use of caffeine and nicotine products with FA doctors. Nicotine is not a banned substance in sport and is actually a surprisingly commonly-used stimulant among Premier League players.

When asked about his regime, Vardy said: "It's just something I've always done and they've been checked with the medical team and there's nothing wrong with them.

"I wouldn't call it a diet, the Red Bull was just to wake me up in the morning.

"It's just standard me. It's a regular thing whereby I have a Red Bull every morning. It's just something I felt I needed."

While a player with Vardy's wiry frame and remarkably low body-fat - reckoned by Leicester's fitness team to be just six per cent - would not be expected to do a lot of heavy weights, Vardy resists attempts to get him anywhere near a gym.

The Footballer of the Year, a former smoker, said: "No, I never go in the gym. If I go in the gym it will slow me down. I don't go in for weights or anything like that.

"Each and every person is different and this is my way and I'm sure if someone else tried doing what I do then it probably wouldn't work for them.

"Yeah, they've tried to drag me into the gym and not succeeded."

And asked to name the last time he lifted a weight, Vardy quipped: "Probably that can of Red Bull the other day."

Vardy claims he has not been affected by the PS20million bid Arsenal made for him the week before the tournament began.

The striker is believed to be leaning towards staying with the Premier League champions, who have offered him a major pay rise to more than PS100,000 a week.

And he said: "It's been easy to shut that out. I'm here to concentrate and focus on England and that's all I'm going to be doing."

Along with fellow half-time sub and scorer Daniel Sturridge, Vardy staked an impressive claim to start England's final Group B match against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne on Monday.

But he claims he will not complain if Roy Hodgson decides to use him as a super-sub.

The Leicester man, who has scored four times in his last five England appearances, said: "It's up to the boss, he picks the team he thinks will get the result. Then it's up to me to put the extra effort into training to try to dislodge others.

"No, I wouldn't be annoyed if I'm used as a sub. I'm happy either way.

"It's tournament football and it's a squad game. All 23 of us want to be involved, but it can't happen like that. It can only be 11 that start so the ones who don't start need to make sure they make an impact when they come on and luckily I've done that against Wales.

"We thought we were unlucky to come in at half-time losing and we were creating a lot of chances so it was just a case of carrying that on and putting a few away. Me and Studge have come off the bench and managed to put the goals in."

Vardy appeared to make a beeline for a member of the England backroom staff after his equaliser, but he said: "No, I just thought I'd celebrate with the bench, it wasn't anybody specific. I don't know what was going through my head."

Probably a mixture of nicotine, caffeine and adrenaline.

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GOAL 1 Jamie Vardy scores his first England goal in the 3-2 victory over Germany

GOAL 2 He scores again in the 2-1 friendly defeat at the hands of Holland

GOAL 3 And again in the win over Turkey
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jun 18, 2016
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