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James Maddison ‘on same level as Phil Foden and Mason Mount’ as Brendan Rodgers calls on Gareth Southgate to take Leicester star to World Cup

Brendan Rodgers believes James Maddison should be in the England squad and is on the same level as Mason Mount and Phil Foden.

Maddison sent a message to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate with a masterclass on Monday night with two goals and an assist for Leicester.

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Maddison scored twice for Leicester in a brilliant performance

He was the star of the show in a 4-0 victory that lifted the Foxes off the bottom of the table.

In what has been a dismal start to the season for Rodgers’ side, the 25-year-old has been a lone bright spark.

There was some surprise that Maddison was not named in Southgate’s most recent England squad, but with the World Cup just weeks away he is making a strong case.

When asked if he was surprised he was not in the England squad, Rodgers said: “Yeah. I can only imagine how hard it is for Gareth with so many good players. 

“James has shown and proven he is up there with the best talents. To have someone like that, even if he doesn’t play, on the bench who can come and bring that personality.

“If he was playing in front of 150,000 people he’d be exactly the same. If you were ever stuck in the game, he can come on and be a game changer.

Foden will be one of England’s stars at the World Cup

Foden will be one of England’s stars at the World Cup

Mount’s place for Qatar is not in doubt

Mount’s place for Qatar is not in doubt


“It’s tough because there are so many good players. I have big respect for young guys like Mason Mount, who is a top player, and Phil Foden is amazing. He’s at that level, there’s absolutely no doubt about that.

“I hope between now and when the squad is picked they can find a way to add in a talent like that.”

Since the start of last season, Maddison has been directly involved in 27 Premier League goals (17 goals, 10 assists), the second-most of any English player in the that time (Harry Kane on 34)

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is the next closest with a combined 23 (12 goals and 11 assists).

Southgate’s selections have been scrutinised in recent weeks and not taking Maddison to Qatar may come back to haunt him

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Southgate’s selections have been scrutinised in recent weeks and not taking Maddison to Qatar may come back to haunt him

Foden has 14 goals and seven assists, while Mount has 11 goals and 10 assists.

When asked for his thoughts on being left out the squad, Maddison told Sky Sports: “It’s been a bit of a weird position for us as we’ve been bottom of the league and results aren’t going our way.

“I’ve almost been as confident as I’ve ever been in my career. I don’t remember playing better over the last 12 months or feeling as well as I had.

“It’s hard to answer as you don’t want to say the right or wrong thing. That’s an ambition and goal of mine.

Maddison believes he can have an impact for England

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Maddison believes he can have an impact for England

“I’m a football man and watch all the games, I watch international football. An opportunity at that level would be something I desire and know I would have an impact at and one I hope will come my way at some point.”

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