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Ranieri and Vardy delight as thousands salute Leicester's heroes

Claudio Ranieri led a day of joyous celebrations for Leicester City as he told fans of the newly-crowned Premier League champions: "Keep dreaming, don't wake up!"

The club estimated crowds of up to 250,000 lined the city's streets as Leicester's heroes paraded the trophy on an open-top bus.

The route ended at Victoria Park, where a buoyant crowd welcomed Ranieri and his players on stage with their hard earned silverware before enjoying a performance from Leicester-supporting rock band Kasabian.

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"It's unbelievable, all the city is here. It's something special," Ranieri said.

"A lot of people are happy – I am very, very glad.

"I think this is not only because the team won but because they played with heart and soul and the people understood this."

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Top scorer Jamie Vardy was similarly delighted by the festivities and is relishing the prospect of Leicester measuring themselves against the elite in the Champions League.

"It's brilliant, what a day," said Vardy, who was named in England's provisional 26-man squad for Euro 2016 earlier on Monday. 

"The achievement that we've done – look what it means to the city and what it's going to bring next year with Champions League football.

"We're just enjoying it at the front with the trophy."

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Midfielder Danny Drinkwater joined Vardy in Roy Hodgson's squad and he reflected on a scarcely believable two weeks of celebrations since Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Chelsea handed Leicester the top prize in English football.

"I'm so lost for words," Drinkwater told Sky Sports News.

"The turnout today has been a joke. On the streets and in the park, it was ridiculous. The whole last two weeks has been so special. It's something I'll never forget."

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