Jamie Vardy names Chris Smalling as his hardest opponent this year

by Sam Peoples


Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has revealed that Manchester United’s Chris Smalling is the hardest defender he has played against in his career.

Vardy has enjoyed a fine campaign this term, scoring 19 goals in the Premier League as Leicester close in on the title.

The 29-year-old scored against Smalling and Man United earlier this term to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for consecutive goals in the league. However, Vardy still believes that Smalling is a tough opponent to face.

Speaking to Squawka about his hardest opponent this year, Vardy said: “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.”

Vardy scored against Germany on Saturday while playing alongside Smalling for England as they secured a 3-2 friendly win over the world champions.

Smalling has gone from strength to strength this season and he has arguably been United’s best player along with David de Gea and Anthony Martial. The defender could be the backbone for club and country for years to come.

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