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.