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World Cup: James Maddison trains for the first time with England in Qatar

Good to be back? James Maddison hugs Callum Wilson and Phil Foden as he trains with England for the FIRST time at the World Cup to give Gareth Southgate a much needed boost ahead of crunch clash with Wales

James Maddison has trained with his England teammates for the first time at the World Cup in what will be a timely boost for Gareth Southgate heading into their final group game against Wales.

Maddison is battling a knee injury sustained in Leicester’s last Premier League game before the World Cup break, but is now training with the rest of the group.

Southgate revealed earlier this week that the midfielder may return for the final Group B match against Wales, having only trained to speed up his recovery.

James Maddison (centre left) trains for the first time with England at the World Cup

Phil Foden Gives Maddison A Hug On His Return To Training With His Teammates On Saturday

Phil Foden gives Maddison a hug on his return to training with his teammates on Saturday

A Delighted Maddison (Second Right) Warms Up With The Rest Of His England Teammates

A delighted Maddison (second right) warms up with the rest of his England teammates

But now it looks like the 26-year-old could have a chance to play after being spotted back at the training ground with his teammates.

And it wasn’t just Maddison who was excited to be back.

After taking his first steps back onto the turf and joining the group, Maddison was given a tight hug by striker Callum Wilson, before another hug from Phil Foden.

Maddison’s return promises to be a huge boost for England fans as they were clamoring for some creativity in the Three Lions’ dull goalless draw against the USA on Friday.

Maddison'S Return To The Group Is A Much-Needed Boost For Gareth Southgate (Left)

Maddison’s return to the group is a much-needed boost for Gareth Southgate (left)

Maddison Is Put To The Test During Saturday'S Session As He Tries To Make His Comeback

Maddison is put to the test during Saturday’s session as he tries to make his comeback

England struggled to create clear chances against the American side, who sat back and took every attack.

England’s lack of lead meant they only had one meaningful shot on target for the whole 90 minutes, while USA hit the crossbar and had plenty of chances to score.

But with Maddison potentially returning to the group, England may have another attacking option that can help break down the defense and play between the lines.

England’s third and final group game comes against neighboring Wales on Tuesday evening, with Rob Page’s men all but eliminated after losing to Iran and drawing with the United States.

England breakaway B heads into the final game and know progress is assured as long as they avoid a 4-0 defeat on Tuesday.

Maddison Is Battling A Knee Injury Sustained In Leicester'S Last Game Before The World Cup

Maddison is battling a knee injury sustained in Leicester’s last game before the World Cup

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