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James Maddison overjoyed to make England World Cup squad

James Maddison overjoyed to make England World Cup squad

James Maddison is “full of joy” after making the England World Cup squad.

The Leicester midfielder has only played once for his country but his impressive form this season has made it impossible for Gareth Southgate to leave him out of his travelling party to Qatar - and his club manager Brendan Rodgers is pleased to see Maddison recognised for his efforts.

Brendan Rodgers - the Foxes boss - said: "He was delighted, he had a missed call from Gareth just before we were ready to go out training and I told him to pop into my office and take the call privately.

"He obviously spoke to Gareth and he came out full of the joy of the world. It’s private what James said, it was just happiness as well because I am sure he had all sorts of thoughts going through his mind.

“It is wonderful news for James and his family and everyone here at Leicester. I am also delighted for Gareth as well from a coaching perspective to have that talent available in what is such a great tournament.

“His level of consistency and the work ethic and the talent and what he has proven over the last few years has swung that decision.

“He is a fantastic player and one of the best players in the Premier League. I am really delighted for him and also his team-mates because without them he wouldn’t have been able to play at the level he has.”

Unfortunately, defender James Justin has missed out on the England squad and his latest injury blow means he won't play again this season.

Rodgers said: “Sadly he is having an operation tonight, he has ruptured his Achilles. It is a huge disappointment for us all, having been out before and coming back and getting back to his level.

“He probably would have been close to Gareth’s plans. We were all hugely disappointed for him after the game. That’s two players we have lost to that injury this season.

“He will have his operation this evening and it will probably put him out for the rest of the season. We will see how he recovers and go from there. We wish him a speedy recovery, he is an important player and hopefully he can get back bigger and stronger.”

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