Maddison admits heartbreak after being left out of England's squad

‘That’s what I dreamed of as a little boy… I want more’: James Maddison admits disappointment after being left out of England’s latest squad… with Leicester star yet to feature again for Three Lions after debut last year

  • James Maddison has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad 
  • The 23-year-old star has made just one appearance for the Three Lions so far 
  • Maddison opened up on his disappointment at the snub on Thursday evening

James Maddison admitted he was unhappy to be left out of the England squad after delivering an impressive performance in Leicester’s 4-0 Europa League win over Braga.

The midfielder scored the final goal as the Foxes retained their 100 per cent record after three group games, after Kelechi Iheanacho struck the first two and substitute Dennis Praet the third.

Maddison’s progress this year was curtailed by a hip injury that caused him to miss much of the season post-lockdown and required surgery before this campaign. 

James Maddison has admitted disappointment after being snubbed from the England squad

But after being overlooked by Gareth Southgate for England’s forthcoming matches against Ireland, Belgium and Iceland Maddison is determined to make the next squad, after winning his only cap against Montenegro last year.

Asked if he was disappointed to miss out, Maddison told BT Sport: ‘Yeah, if I’m being honest. I want to be in the England squad, that’s what I dreamed of as a little boy. 

‘I’ve had a taste and I want more. I’m back fit now and I’m firing, getting the minutes in the legs. I had a long injury last season and a couple of knocks this year so I haven’t had a consecutive run of games.

Gareth Southgate has handed Leicester playmaker Maddison one international appearance

Maddison played a starring role in the Foxes’ handsome victory over Braga on Thursday night

‘I can’t control whether I’m in the England squad I don’t pick the team but I can only concentrate on Leicester – second in the in Premier League, three wins out of three in the Europa League, so if I keep my form good for Leicester and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.’ 

Along with Maddison, Harvey Barnes was also left out after making his debut in the friendly against Wales last month.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers added: ‘They are two very talented young players and I’m sure over the course of the season they can force their way back into the squad.’ 

Maddison’s mood was improved by his side’s display, especially in the second half.  Boss Brendan Rodgers could even afford to leave top scorer Jamie Vardy on the bench ahead of Sunday’s clash with Wolves as his team ran out comfortable winners.

Brendan Rodgers says Maddison and Harvey Barnes will battle back into England contention

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