Former England head coach Glenn Hoddle has backed LeicesterCity midfielder James Maddison to make it into Gareth Southgate’s England Euro 2020 squad. The 24-year-old was a vital part of the Foxes in the Premier League last season despite not getting the Champions League berth. He only registered one cap for England and can be vital addition to the Three Lions if he keeps up his current form.
The Leicester youngster scored against Chelsea in midweek and vocally expressed his urge to make it to the national team by adding goals to his game in order to break into the England squad. Meanwhile, when asked if Maddison will get an England call-up, Hoddle replied: “I think so.” In an interview, Hoddle expressed his liking for Maddison’s gameplay and honed in on Maddison’s “good football intelligence.”
“He’s been absolutely brilliant. I’ve always liked the lad. He’s been very impressive in the last four of five games. What I like about him is he plays with his head up. He can play balls with both feet,” Hoddle told a news portal. ‘He gets in and around the box more now. He’s got lovely, quick feet. He’s becoming a goal scorer. I just think with England, he’s 24 years of age, he’s not a kid – now is his time.”
Maddison’s sole cap came in a 7-0 win against Montenegro in November 2019, when he came on as a second-half substitute.This season, he has scored eight times in 23 appearances in all competitions for Leicester. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders. He’s got really good football intelligence. It’s going to be a real battle for who comes to the top of the pile to get that England shirt,” Hoddle continued.
England are currently scheduled to play two World Cup qualifiers in March 2021 before Euro 2020 kicks off in June. They were seeded in the top pot and were drawn against Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in the qualifiers in March and could continue for 12 months if England need the play-offs to reach Qatar in 2022. Southgate led England to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In 2019, Southgate’s Three Lions celebrated their 1,000th game in style as they booked their place in Euro 2020, thrashingMontenegro 7-0 to top Group A. Captain Harry Kane moved to sixth in England’s list of leading scorers as a first-half hat-trick took his tally to 31, overhauling Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney.
With Euro 2020 postponed for a year, Gareth Southgate has plenty of time to assemble the best team in Europe. Over the years, England’s XI has always been the star studded squad as the Three Lions recruit powerhouse players and some of the most important names in European football. The most glorious 24-team tournament will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.