Laura Woods believes that it’s ‘a crying shame’ that James Maddison isn’t currently considered as an option for England’s World Cup squad.
The Leicester City star has been a standout performer in recent seasons, scoring 18 goals and grabbing 12 assists last term.
That has continued this term with the 25-year-old already bagging three goals and an assist in seven appearances.
Despite his impressive displays for his club, Maddison has won just one senior cap for England so far in his career, with many being of the belief that his form and calibre means that he deserves more.
Among those is talkSPORT host Woods, who says that Maddison has shown a real maturity that could see him thrive as part of Gareth Southgate’s 26-man World Cup squad.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Woods said: “The whole ‘is it his attitude’ thing really baffles me, or what he does off the pitch, that baffles me a lot.
“We were talking about James Maddison yesterday and the way that he speaks to the media and I’m saying that I think he’s great, but loads of people are saying ‘he’s 25, he’s not beyond his years he should be speaking to the media’ and I’m like, hang on guys, I literally do this for a living.
“I speak to these footballers for a living. I speak to these players who are exactly the same age as him and he’s different in the way that he addresses the media.
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“He’s different to a lot of other footballers.
“I think he’s got a smart head on his shoulders and I’d just love to see him in an England shirt.
“I just can’t understand, 12 defenders. You’re taking 12 defenders, why don’t you just take James Maddison then?
“If you’re picking on current form which Gareth Southgate has said that he’d do in the past and you’re looking at who the standout players for their teams are at the moment, in a Leicester side who are struggling, James Maddison is an absolute bright light.
“I think it’s a crying shame that he’s not in an England shirt at the moment.”
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