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Jamie Vardy breaks Premier League goalscoring record

Vardy is in amazing form. Credit: PA

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has broken Ruud Van Nistelrooy's Premier League record by scoring for the eleventh match in row.

The England forward opened the scoring against Manchester United in the 24th minute on Saturday to break Ruud van Nistelrooy's 10-game mark, which had stood since 2003.

Vardy struck his goal with a superb finish. Credit: PA

Vardy netted his 14th goal of the season when he latched onto Christian Fuchs' pass and fired in across David De Gea from 12 yards after Kasper Schmeichel had launched a quick break from a United corner.

The 28-year-old's run started with a late penalty in the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in August and has included braces against Arsenal and Southampton, a winner against Watford and the record-equalling strike at Newcastle last week.

Ruud van Nistelrooy tweeted his congratulations to Jamie Vardy:



FA dismisses talk of 18-team Premier League

The Premier League will stay at 20 teams. Credit: PA

The Football Association insists it has no plans to ask the Premier League to reduce the number of teams in its division to 18 despite reports that the 20-club top flight was in line for a shake-up.

England's less-than-impressive record in major international tournaments since the Premier League's inception back in 1992 has often led to calls for reform in order to help the national side flourish on the big stage.

The most notable suggestion has been the introduction of a winter break, in line with other top European leagues, but on Saturday the Times claimed that FA chairman Greg Dyke was set to speak to Richard Scudamore, the executive chairman of the Premier League, about cutting two teams from its division.

World Cup holders Germany have a similar model, with the Bundesliga currently contested by 18 teams, but an FA spokesman said the governing body was not about to ask the Premier League to follow suit.

"The FA has no plans to call for a reduction in the number of teams in the Premier League," said the spokesman.

Arsenal to take 14 minute flight to face Norwich

Arsenal are flying to Norwich for their Premier League game this weekend - a 118-mile trip that takes just 14 minutes.

The club will fly from London Luton airport, a 20 minute drive from their Hertfordshire training camp, to Norwich International airport ahead of their 4:15pm kick-off on Sunday against Norwich.

Arsenal are flying to Norwich. Credit: PA

The move has been criticised by environmental campaigners but manager Arsene Wenger has defended the decision.

“When we made the decision there was some road work planned – sometimes the access to Norwich is difficult,” Wenger insisted.

“We do not fly a lot any more. We take the train or coach. This is an exception.”

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