‘I don’t want to be sat on the bench, I want to play’: James Maddison admits he was left frustrated at lack of game-time with England as looks to force Gareth Southgate’s hand
- James Maddison was left frustrated at being an unused substitute for England
- Maddison didn’t enter the fray against either Bulgaria or Kosovo this month
- The 22-year-old is eager to prove to Gareth Southgate he deserves game time
Leicester midfielder James Maddison has expressed his frustration with being an unused substitute for England earlier this month.
Maddison received his second callup to the senior squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo, but didn’t get any playing time.
The 22-year-old, who has been hugely impressive for Leicester, was left disappointed, but is eager to prove to England boss Gareth Southgate that he is worthy of playing time.
Leicester midfielder James Maddison was frustrated at being an unused substitute for England
Maddison didn’t feature for England in the games against Bulgaria and Kosovo this month
Speaking ahead of Leicester’s game at home to Tottenham, Maddison stressed that it is important that he plays well in big games.
Maddison told BT Sport: ‘That’s what I’ve got to do, I’ve got to play well in these big games.
‘I was obviously disappointed not to get minutes with England. I’m not going to lie to you and say I was happy to be sat on the bench, because I wasn’t.
‘That’s the type of player I am, I don’t want to be sat on the bench, I want to play.
‘These games are a brilliant platform for me to do well and show the England manager what I’m all about.’
Maddison is eager to prove to England manager Gareth Southgate he deserves playing time
The 22-year-old is fully aware of what Southgate expects from his squad and wants to push on
Being involved with the England squad wasn’t an entirely wasted experience for Maddison, however, as he is now fully aware of what Southgate expects from his players.
Maddison said: ‘I know what is expected of an England player because that’s the experience you gain being in the senior squad.
‘You get to listen to the coaches and what they want, it’s obviously a bit different to what Brendan Rodgers wants because all managers are different.
‘I know what he expects of his number eights, which is where I’m playing today, so I’ll go out there and show what I can do.’
It surely won’t be too long until Maddison gets to make his senior debut for England