WATCH: James Vardy discusses rise from non league Fleetwood Town to England national team
He was speaking during the press conference ahead of England’s game versus Ireland.
Charlie Austin also hopes his rise from the non-league circuit to the England squad inside six years will inspire other players that they can make the same journey.
Austin was plying his trade for Poole Town in 2009 before getting his break in the professional game and, after working his way up the leagues with Swindon, Burnley and QPR, he won himself a place in the latest England squad.
It is a similar tale for fellow Three Lions new boy Jamie Vardy, who was playing Conference football for Fleetwood just three years ago before joining Leicester, and 25-year-old Austin believes their story can act as motivation for other up-and-coming hopefuls.