Leicester’s James Maddison set to make his first England start against Ukraine
After earning just one international cap in 2019 against Montenegro, James Maddison is expected to have his first start for the England squad in their second Euro 2024 qualifying game against Ukraine. The Leicester City playmaker caught the eye of Three Lions boss, Gareth Southgate, during their training camp in Qatar while recovering from a knee injury. Maddison has been training alongside Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka in a front three, showcasing his worth as a left-winger instead of his usual No.10 position. Southgate hopes that Maddison, who has scored nine goals and recorded five assists in the Premier League this season, can help England secure their second win in the qualifiers for next summer’s tournament.
England won their match against Italy with the help of Harry Kane’s first half penalty that made him England’s all-time record scorer and Declan Rice’s opener. However, with Luke Shaw’s red card during the match, Southgate will need to rearrange his starting XI, with Ben Chilwell pushing for his inclusion as well.
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