James Maddison had ‘great’ World Cup despite not making an appearance for England, as Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reveals he will make late call on his fitness for Newcastle clash

    Brendan Rodgers has insisted James Maddison had a positive experience at the World Cup, despite coming home from Qatar without making a single England appearance.

    The Leicester manager also revealed the midfielder is still experiencing fitness issues and will make a late call on whether he will feature in their Premier League return against Newcastle on Boxing Day – which is EXCLUSIVELY live on talkSPORT.

    Maddison enjoyed his experience at the World Cup with England, despite not playing

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    Maddison enjoyed his experience at the World Cup with England, despite not playing

    Despite the clamour for Maddison to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the tournament in Qatar, the playmaker did not feature as the Three Lions went out in the quarter-finals to France.

    But Rodgers says his player is in good spirits and got a taste for the experience which left him with even more hunger to break into the team.

    “Of course you would like to see the players get the opportunity, but I had a long debrief afterwards when he came back in, he was very grateful for the opportunity to be there,” Rodgers said on Friday.

    “He knows if needed he was able to impact it. He has come away from that with great experience and even greater motivation to establish himself in the squad.

    “He did a brilliant job leading into the World Cup to get himself into the squad and hopefully going forward he can use that experience of being there with the camp and look to be in a few more competitions.

    “He has been consistent for 18 months now so hopefully, with availability, I have got no doubt about his talent, I am pretty sure we will see that same level.”

    Maddison is back from the World Cup with England but is still not 100 per cent fit – perhaps explaining why he didn’t play in Qatar

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    Maddison is back from the World Cup with England but is still not 100 per cent fit – perhaps explaining why he didn’t play in Qatar

    The 26-year-old is still struggling with the knee injury that hampered him during the start of England’s World Cup campaign and he did not feature in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.

    Maddison did not train on Friday, perhaps explaining why he didn’t feature in Qatar, and is in a race against time to be fit for Monday’s visit of Newcastle.

    Rodgers remarked: “We are going to give it every chance to see where he’s at.

    “He has had some ongoing issues with his knee for a little bit of time, so we will just assess that over the next couple of days.”

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