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Vardy backed to continue form by team-mates who were bemused by criticism

Date Posted,April 7, 2017

Jamie Vardy is being backed to continue his red-hot Leicester form by team-mates who cannot understand the “panic” at his previous drought.

The champions and talisman Vardy are back on song after six wins in a row under new boss Craig Shakespeare.

Vardy has been pivotal to City’s revival with five goals in five Premier League games.

The England striker, 30, who also netted on international duty against Lithuania, has helped fire Leicester to the brink of top-flight safety and into the Champions League last eight.

His recent goals are as many as he scored in his previous 22 games under Claudio Ranieri before the Italian was sacked amid complaints at his tactics from stars.

The Foxes are excelling back in the 4-4-2 formation (Photo: Plumb Images/Leicester City/Getty)

Shakespeare has since reverted to the Foxes’ successful 4-4-2 formation from last term when Vardy smashed 24 goals playing as the lead striker as City won the title.

After Vardy netted again against Sunderland, defender and close pal Simpson, 30, reflected: “Strikers go through it.

“I don’t know why some people panic because he is not going to score every game. He is still the same player, it had just not been happening.

“But in training nothing changes with him , his attitude and his confidence, he still believes in himself.

“He has five in five, he got one for England too, so keep going Jamie.”

Vardy has also notched for England (Photo: Shaun Botterill / Getty)

Vardy’s goals have banished City’s relegation fears as they were in the bottom three before their revival under Shakespeare.

Leicester, who are 11th, head to Everton tomorrow after back-to-back 2-0 home wins over Stoke and Sunderland in quick succession.

But right-back Simpson is conscious the Foxes still have only won away once in the Premier League all season after winning at West Ham last month.

He says they have a chance to improve that record tomorrow at Goodison , where they won earlier this term in the FA Cup plus last season in the top-flight after drawing the previous campaign.

Simpson has been discussing the Foxes’ Champions League campaign (Photo: Plumb Images)

But Simpson has urged team-mates not to be distracted by their impending first leg clash at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

He added: “In this league if you put wins together, especially if you have two games in four days, and you get six points in quick succession you can really push up the table.

“It is really good form at the moment – clean sheets and scoring goals. It is looking good.

“I know the Atletico game is coming up but we still have a job to do Sunday before we can fully think about that.

“We want to keep this run going. It is all well and good doing it home but we still want to carry it on away from home.

“I don’t think we have picked up too many points away from home. I know we did at West Ham but Everton will be a tough place to go away and play at.

“I think we have a decent record at their place in recent years though so hopefully we can carry that on.”

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