Jamie Vardy's matchday routine includes three Red Bulls, double espresso
It turns out there's good reason for why Jamie Vardy is constantly putting defenses on their heels and is always game for a long sprint to get in behind and score.
In his new book, "From Nowhere: My Story," Vardy reveals that he drinks three Red Bulls and a double espresso on matchday, including one can of Red Bull as soon as he wakes up that he takes down rather quickly. It's a pre-match routine that dates back to the 2013-14 season, he says.
"With a traditional 3 p.m. Saturday kick-off, I’ll have a can of Red Bull as soon as I wake up, which is gone in 30 seconds," Vardy writes, as excerpted by The Sun. "Don’t have breakfast and won’t eat anything until I have a cheese-and-ham omelette with baked beans at 11:30 a.m. I wash that down with another Red Bull, which I also neck quickly.
"While we’re waiting and killing a bit of time, I have a double espresso, normally with center-half Marcin Wasilewski. We get into the dressing room an hour and a half before kick-off, and I’ll have a third can of Red Bull straight away. But with this one I sip it all the way until we go out for the warm-up, leaving a bit to finish off when I come back in.
"So three Red Bulls, a double espresso and a cheese-and-ham omelette is what makes me run around like a nutjob on a match day."
Vardy also said that on the night before matchdays last season, it became superstition to drink a glass of port.
The Vardy Party pregame got the job done last season. The 29-year-old Vardy's rise from obscurity to Premier League champion and Football Writers Association's Player of the Year came after a 24-goal season, one that also led to a regular place with England's national team and a spot on its Euro 2016 roster.
Vardy has two goals in six games so far in the current Premier League campaign.