Former England boss Graham Taylor has urged Jamie Vardy to take full advantage of his international call-up.
Sheffield-born Vardy is poised to play some part in Sunday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin and next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia.
The striker earned his call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad after a breakthrough season in the Premier League with Leicester.
Taylor, who managed the national team between 1990 and 1993, says that former Stocksbridge Park Steels hitman must try and make the most of his time in the national squad.
“You’ve got to take advantage of all opportunities you’re given,” Taylor told the Star. “I remember Kevin Keegan telling me he didn’t feel that he was a fully fledged international until he’d played ten games.
“I think it’s important to find out how players are going to handle international football.”
Plenty has been made of Vardy’s meteoric rise from the eighth tier to the top in the space of eight years and Taylor says that the only way we will know whether the 28-year-old can cut the mustard is when he finally takes to the field.
He said: “You’ve obviously got Vardy in the squad and the only way you are going to find out if he can handle the step up is if he plays.
“Its amazing how some players find it difficult to make the transfer from club football to international football - some players can’t handle that.
“There are some players that find it hard to make that transition but as I say, the only way you’ll find out is if you pick them.”
Worksop-born Taylor, also backed the current Three Lions boss Hodgson to continue in the job after the Euro 2016 - regardless of how England fare at the tournament in France next year.
He added: “I’ve always said Roy has the advantage over every other England boss of being experienced at international level.
“He’s managed at a World Cup (with Switzerland) and done more than many others who have been England manager.
“Whatever we do in France, I’d want Roy to stay on. If the results aren’t there then a lot of the time you disappear.
“Obviously, you have to be responsible for results but I’d like to see Roy given the opportunity to continue in the job. He knows what it’s about and I hope things turn out well.”
Taylor was speaking at the opening of a new, artificial pitch opening in Derbyshire on behalf of the Football Foundation.