James Maddison in the England squad for Qatar World Cup copying West Ham’s Bobby Moore and Chelsea’s Peter Osgood

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James Maddison was named in the England World Cup squad. He was among the 26 names on the list of players going to the tournament. This is of course great news for the midfielder who has been brilliant for Leicester over the last couple of seasons.

From a Leicester point of view he should have been in there a long time ago, to be ready and more prepared than coming in with just one cap in the belt and probably not first priority for Gareth Southgate when he picks his starting eleven.

To go to a World Cup without much experience is not a new phenomena as England in the past even have picked players without caps as former Leicester forward Allan Clarke is a grand example. He made his full England debut in the 1970 World Cup, scoring the only goal on a penalty in the group stages vs. Czechoslovakia.

Bobby Moore had only played once, just as Maddison, when he made the 1962 squad and went on to play in the tournament. Peter Osgood was also a one cap wonder when he travelled to the 1970 World Cup, so there are great players of the past in the same setting as James Maddison will be this time.

We are of course delighted to see Leicester players being involved in this type of tournaments, and hopefully he will get his chance, though we do believe it could be more training for James Maddison than game time, but you never know with Gareth Southgate as he is used to making changes and givining players a chance.

England 26


Pickford (Everton), Ramsdale (Arsenal), Pope (Newcastle)


Coady (Everton), Arnold (Liverpool), Maguire (Man Utd), Trippier (Newcastle), Shaw (Man Utd), Dier (Spurs), Stones (Man City), Walker (Man City), White (Arsenal)


Bellingham (Dortmund), Gallagher (Chelsea), Phillips (Man City), Maddison (Leicester), Rice (West Ham), Mount (Chelsea), Henderson (Liverpool)


Kane (Spurs), Foden (Man City), Rashford (Man Utd), Grealish (Man City), Saka (Arsenal), Wilson (Newcastle), Sterling (Chelsea)


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