Leicester’s James Maddison has a calf problem & Burnley’s Nick Pope tipped for England start

Leicester’s James Maddison has a calf problem

Leicester City’s James Maddison received his England debut on Thursday night.

Many have been calling for Maddison to play for England, however Gareth Southgate has appeared lukewarm on the Foxes playmaker.

Against Montenegro, Maddison came off the bench in the second-half.

England qualified for Euro 2020 thanks to their 7-0 mauling of Montenegro.

That raised some people’s expectations that Maddison could finally start for England against Kosovo in their final qualifier.

However, Maddison’s chance of making his England starting debut are in jeopardy after news filtered out that the midfielder has sustained a calf strain.

The good news for Maddison is that he’s travelled to Kosovo. That suggests his injury isn’t too bad.

Next Saturday, Leicester head to Brighton in the Premier League.

Burnley’s Nick Pope tipped for England start

While Maddison may miss out on his England start, the rumour doing the rounds on Sunday is that Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope could start against Kosovo on Sunday.

The Sunday Times have reported the following:

Southgate is considering handing the Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope his full debut.

Pope’s only previous experience came with a 25-minute appearance as a substitute in a friendly victory over Costa Rica at Elland Road before the 2018 World Cup. 

Pope has been an ever-present for Burnley this season.

Burnley have the joint fourth-highest number of Premier League clean sheets with Brighton: 4.

For the record, Leicester, Man City and Sheffield United have 5 clean sheets in the league.

Also see: Kosovo vs England betting tips: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview & predictions.

Predicting England’s starting line-up for their clash with Kosovo.

Why you need a VPN?
Cut chords:
Watch everything (Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu) online using a VPN.
Unlock geoblocking:
A VPN gives you access to the best content from anywhere in the world.
Privacy & security:
A VPN keeps your information private, activity encrypted & data anonymous.
Just $6.67 a month + 3 months free!