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Maddison can give England a fresh dimension, predicts Chilwell


By Mark Mann-Bryans

Ben Chilwell has backed Leicester club-mate James Maddison to bring goals and assists to the England team.

Maddison (22) is in line to make his Three Lions debut as Gareth Southgate prepares his players for a Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

The former Norwich man was called up to the senior England squad last September alongside Foxes team-mate Chilwell.

But, while Chilwell has gone on to pick up seven caps and arguably establish himself ahead of the likes of Danny Rose and Luke Shaw as England's first-choice left-back, Maddison is still waiting to make his senior bow.

Having begun the season well at the King Power Stadium and played a big part in Leicester's promising start, Chilwell believes Maddison will be ready to add a similar level of creativity should his first England chance arrive in the next week.

"I know the quality he brings," Chilwell said.

"I think there was that stat last season that he created the most chances in the Premier League. Even at the start of this season he has shown with two or three assists, he creates a lot and that is a big thing for us at Leicester and I'm sure if he gets the opportunity to play for England he will be the same.

"I've had a conversation with him and he wants to bring goals and assists. When he gets his chance to play for England he is going to want to impress and stamp his mark with big tournaments coming up."

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