Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison has been rewarded for his fine start to the season with an England U-21 call up.
Maddison has flourished in the opening games of the new Premier League campaign for his new club following his arrival from Norwich City in the summer, and has clearly caught the attention of Aidy Boothroyd.
Maddison, though, has played down talk about an eventual call up to the England senior squad after initially being touted to make Gareth Southgate’s latest one.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Maddison said: “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, I’ve only played four games in the Premier League. It is a dream of mine to play for England, it always has been since I was a very young boy.
“Gareth has obviously done a brilliant job. We’ve got such a young squad with so much talent, it’s a good time to be an England player. Hopefully I can keep impressing with my club and the U21s and we’ll see where it goes.”
There was certainly a case for Maddison to have been called up for England’s upcoming game in the UEFA Nations League against Spain, especially with Adam Lallana having pulled out of Southgate’s squad because of injury.
Maddison, however, must now turn his attention to helping the England U-21s defeat their Netherlands and Latvia counterparts.
And, if the 21-year-old impresses and can keep up the form he has shown at Leicester thus far, Southgate will definitely consider him as an option going forward — as he has already done with a host of other young English players.