It was another match-winning performance from James Maddison on Saturday evening. The attacking midfielder drove Leicester forward throughout their 2-0 win against Everton and picked up two brilliant assists.
Although the 25-year-old hasn’t played for England since October 2019, he is still optimistic that he will make Gareth Southgate’s final roster for the tournament in Qatar, which gets underway in 15 days.
In a remarkable individual performance that helped City win and move up to 13th in the standings, Maddison assisted in setting up both goals. Before Gareth Southgate chooses his England team for the World Cup in Qatar, it was his final Premier League appearance.
“This boy has been at this level for 18 months,” he said. “Firstly without the ball, he’s a player that has improved in that aspect, which every coach wants to see. They want to see gifted players working, pressing. That’s what the top level is about.
“If you’re talking technical level, tactical idea and efficiency, he’s right up there. He’s one of the best players in this league, never mind in England. There’s absolutely no question. We’re talking in this league which is full of world-class superstars. He is a superstar. What a player.”
Maddison’s stats place him above many of the players who are certain to be selected, therefore it will be disappointing if he does not make Southgate’s side. However, Rodgers says that it won’t make him feel so depressed that it will impair his play.
Maddison has tried his best to be quiet about his prospects of joining the England team despite a few standout performances as Leicester has recovered from a shaky start to the season. However, on Saturday, he spoke up about his World Cup ambitions.
“I’d be lying if I said it (the England squad) wasn’t on my mind, because the World Cup is nearly here, and that’s the pinnacle, that’s the dream,” Prior to the competition’s beginning on November 20 in Qatar, Maddison said.
Tielemans, who scored the winning goal and will play for Belgium in the World Cup, listed many reasons why he thought Maddison belonged in the England team. He said that Madisson’s form, experience and his influence on the game, he think it is brilliant for them. He is their creative player.