Leicester’s James Maddison: Overcoming Adversity to Make his Mark on the England Squad
Prior to his impressive performance in England’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine, James Maddison feared he would never don the Three Lions jersey again. Despite his outstanding displays for Leicester, the playmaker had been consistently overlooked by Gareth Southgate. Maddison’s determination and hard work, however, paid off as he forced his way into the World Cup squad, only to be sidelined by a knee injury. But, after impressing for Leicester in 2023, Southgate couldn’t resist rewarding him with his first senior start for England. Maddison didn’t disappoint, creating the most chances of any England player with five. In a heartfelt interview with talkSPORT, Maddison expressed his delight at being back in the squad, revealing his journey back from injury and his love for the game. It’s no wonder he’s hoping his display has convinced Southgate to keep him in the starting XI.
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