England boss Gareth Southgate urged to drop two World Cup stars for 'mischievous' player


“My fear is that other than Harry [Kane], where are the goals going to come from?” Souness said during a live version of William Hill and Footy Accumulators’ No Tippy Tappy Football. “That’s a problem for Gareth.

“That’s why I would play Maddison – he’s the best out of any attacking midfield player at the moment in terms of getting assists and scoring goals. I think there’s more goals in James Maddison though. I like him. I met him on holiday in Portugal last year and he’s got a bit of mischief about him.”

Maddison has starred for Leicester in the Premier League this season and has bagged seven goals and four assists in 13 appearances. But the 25-year-old is set to miss the Three Lions’ opening game against Iran on Monday after injuring himself while playing for the Foxes against West Ham last weekend.

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“I’ll give you my definition of a world-class player. You are world-class if you can leave the club you’re at and then can go and play in another team effortlessly. England only have one player that I would put in that category in their squad in my opinion – and that’s Harry Kane.”

After taking on Iran, England will face USA on Friday, before ending the group stages with a showdown with Wales the following Tuesday. And Southgate will be hoping his side can eventually reach the final and lift the trophy just before Christmas.


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