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Southgate urges Maddison to prove worth

 

James Maddison
James Maddison

By Robert Jones

Gareth Southgate has challenged James Maddison to prove his England pedigree after handing him another chance.

The Leicester midfielder is in Southgate's squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo this month.

Maddison pulled out of the squad to face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria last month because of illness. But the uncapped 22-year-old was pictured in a casino during the 2-1 defeat in Prague.

It is Maddison's fourth call-up and Southgate wants him to show his worth on and off the pitch.

"It wasn't a great decision (going to a casino), now he will realise as an England player there is a different profile," said Southgate. "Everyone has a camera phone and has a chance to make some money. We're supporting him because we've picked him. He's got to come into the squad and fight for his place.

"We sent him home, he was ill, and it wasn't the right thing to travel with the rest of the group and spread that illness."

Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Maddison (Leicester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham).

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

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