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‘It’s not a debate’: Brendan Rodgers claims James Maddison SHOULD be in England’s World Cup squad

‘It’s not a debate’: Brendan Rodgers claims James Maddison MUST be selected in England’s squad for the World Cup… while the Leicester star admits he hopes his starring role in the win over Everton was enough to put him on the grid plane to get to Qatar

  • James Maddison said he is thinking of a potential World Cup call-up after a 2-0 win
  • The English midfielder assisted both goals when Leicester City won at Everton
  • He said representing his country in Qatar would be the ‘peak’ for him
  • Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers said there was ‘no discussion’ about his recording

James Maddison can’t help but think he’s in Gareth Southgate’s 26 for the World Cup after his two assists led to Leicester’s goals in their 2-0 win over Everton.

The 25-year-old put in Youri Tielemans just before half-time for the stunning opener at Goodison Park, while also lend a hand to Harvey Barnes for the goal that sealed the win for the Foxes four minutes before time.

Maddison has only one cap for England, a substitute game against Montenegro in 2019, but his creative flair for both scoring and setting goals for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side means there are many questions about getting him involved in the national team in Qatar.

James Maddison played once for England, but still wants to be called up for the World Cup

Speaking to Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves after the win over Everton, Maddison spoke of the England rumours, standing next to Belgian Tielemans.

Maddison said: “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t on my mind, the World Cup is almost here, and that’s the highlight, that’s the dream. Youri goes with his country. He will tell you that playing for your country in a major league is the best there is, and the pinnacle of what you aspire to. I’m not going to lie, Geoff, and say I’m not thinking about it.

“I say the same answer, and it gets a little cliche. If I focus on what I’m going to do for Leicester, and my performance here, hopefully the English manager’s attention will catch the eye, and hopefully I can force myself into his plans, but I have no control over it. I can just do what I was doing for 90 minutes.”

Tielemans also praised Maddison for being in good shape before presenting the man of the match award to his teammate. Tielemans: ‘Two more assists from him, his form, his experience and his influence in the game. He’s brilliant for us, he’s a creative player.”

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Maddison had two assists in Leicester’s 2-0 win, giving Youri Tielemans the opener

The debate over Maddison’s possible inclusion in the 26-man England final will continue until the roster is finalized, but Foxes manager Rodgers sees no reason why the Coventry-born attacking midfielder shouldn’t be on the plane.

Rodgers told Sky Sports: “For me it’s not a debate, that’s the reality. I understand there are a lot of top players and it’s great to see so many attacking players doing really well. You can’t find a player of that quality that has produced consistently over the past 18 months.

“You see him tonight, his ball skills, his awareness, his cleverness. If you want to score goals and score goals, he is one of the best out there. He is a player who risks his game, but he risks it at the right times. Assistance tonight. He regretted not scoring towards the end.

Brendan Rodgers said for him there is ‘no discussion’ about taking Maddison to the World Cup

Brilliant player who is ready for a World Cup with his 25 years of maturity. He performs week in week out in the Premier League. He can do no more for him. He is an extraordinary talent.’

Leicester will play a League Cup game at home against Newport County on Tuesday, before a final Premier League game against West Ham on Saturday before the World Cup break.

Southgate’s final 26-man squad must be submitted to FIFA by November 14.


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