James Maddison was pictured in a casino on Friday night when England lost a Euro 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic despite pulling a sicky.
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There are a million and one ways to get out of international duty that doesn’t involve pretending you are ill and then sticking around the limelight waiting to be snapped by bloodthirsty paparazzi in a compromising position.
While he wasn’t pictured steaming drunk and running around with a cone on his head, which the travelling England cohort are privy to on their European quests, there’s a time and a place. Lest we forget, the country had just lost its first qualifier in ten years after one of the direst displays of football we’ve seen in our lifetime. That alone is enough ammunition for The Sun, or any other tabloid for that matter, to rain down upon Maddison.
Just about every man and his dog have had their say on the £40.5m rated midfielder’s excursion and how it might impact his England career, but former Blackpool manager Ian Holloway definitely painted one of the grimmer views…
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“It’s unbelievably naive, unprofessional as well.” 😡
“It ain’t just about being a good player, it’s about being a good person!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 15, 2019