Leicester’s James Maddison is not giving up hope of making England’s World Cup squad

Leicester midfielder James Maddison has not given up hope of being in England’s World Cup squad.

Maddison has only played once for England and has not been called up by Gareth Southgate since 2019.

But the in-form playmaker, who scored twice in the Foxes’ 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Monday night, is still hoping to force his way into Southgate’s 26-man squad for this winter’s tournament in Qatar .

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football after Leicester’s first win of the season, Maddison said: “It was a bit of an odd position for me to be honest because we were bottom of the league and the results didn’t go our way but I was almost as self-confident as never before in my career.

“I can’t remember playing better than me or feeling that good.

“But (creating the England squad) is an ambition of mine, a goal of mine.

“I’m a footballer, I watch all the games, I watch international football and an opportunity at that level would be something I wish for and I almost know I would make a difference.

“I will keep working hard and I have to have the attitude that I have to assert myself.

“The players from the big clubs that are around right now are good players, they are top players and I’m not naïve about that, but I think there could be a place for me.

“So I’m going to keep working hard and producing performances like this for Leicester tonight, for the gaffer here and see where it leaves me.”

Sky pundit Gary Neville asked about Maddison’s reaction to claims that he ‘wouldn’t be a good traveler’ if he wasn’t a regular on the team, and he replied: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it but it pretty much represents me and my personality questioning professionalism, which is obviously quite offensive.”

Maddison would have to compete with the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount for a spot in Southgate’s favored system.

But the 25-year-old insisted: “I know there are top-top players in the front areas. But I have a confidence and confidence that I’m a top player and I can be in this category.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers added in his post-match press conference: “I would really hope there was a place for a player like that in a squad.

“Someone so talented and works so hard and such a team player.

“Phil Foden is an incredible talent. I really like Mason Mount. Jack Grealish is a different type, but this is a player who can come into a game and change the course of a game.

“How would he travel with the team? He would be incredible. He is an outspoken team player.

“If he hasn’t started a game then it’s what a side like England need to have that on the bench to maybe get into a tight World Cup game.”

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