Three Lions chances helped Maddison pick Leicester

Leicester City
James Maddison says the fact Leicester have a number of England internationals played a role in his decision to join the club.

James Maddison says the fact Leicester have a number of England internationals played a role in his decision to join the club.

Maddison has already established himself as an important man for Leicester after making the move from Championship club Norwich over the summer.

The playmaker is set to make his England debut against either Croatia or Spain this weekend in the Nations League after being called up by manager Gareth Southgate.

Maddison is joined in the latest Three Lions squad by club team-mates Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell, while Leicester striker Jamie Vardy was in the World Cup squad and Demarai Gray was called into the senior squad in the last international break.

‘We have a really good English spine at Leicester at the minute,’ he said, as reported by the Leicester Mercury. ‘The likes of Harvey Barnes has just been called into the under-21 squad, who is on loan at West Brom and obviously Harry and Ben are in this squad.

‘Jamie Vardy was at the World Cup and stuff. It is a really good English spine and long may that continue.

‘I looked at the Leicester squad and saw Harry and Jamie as regulars in the England set-up. I thought that is where I want to be, that is where I want to get to.

‘I was a little bit off it at the time but thought that is eventually where I want to be, alongside those guys and here we are, so I am very happy with the decision I made and it is going very well.’

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