James Maddison ‘There could be a place for me’ in Southgate’s England squad

The Leicester City midfielder starred in their 4-0 hammering of Nottingham Forest

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison will not stop trying for a place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions despite having managed just one call up to date, he revealed after another stunning performance against Nottingham Forest.

The English creator has been the Foxes’ standout player across the last two seasons, and added two goals and an assist to his name on Monday night as he helped his side pick up their first win of the season.

However, he has been consistently overlooked by Southgate since he was pictured in a casino after pulling out of international duty through illness in 2019.

That is despite his impressive returns, which rank highest out of those available for selection for Southgate, with 17 goals and 10 assists in 42 appearances since the start of last season

Despite this, after the victory Maddison continued to press his claim for a spot in Southgate’s side when questioned.

“That is an ambition of mine, it is a goal of mine,” Maddison told Sky Sports. “An opportunity at that level is one I would desire and one I know I would make an impact at.”

“It has been a weird position because we have been bottom of the league but I have been as confident as I have ever been,” the former Norwich man continued. “I don’t remember over the past 12 months playing better and feeling better.”

“I am not naive, I know there are top, top players in the forward areas but I have a self-belief I am a top player and can be in that category.

“I have to force my way in because the players at the big clubs are in and they are top. I think there could be a space for me, so I will keep working hard.”

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