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Leicester star disheartened over omission from England squad

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It has been an ambition to play in the England senior-team since his childhood days for James Maddison, and he was upset to be left out.

Gareth Southgate announced his 29-man squad list for November for England’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland and the Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland.

A couple of high-profile omissions, particularly of James Maddison, left the supporters puzzled at Southgate’s decision.

Maddison has been in sublime form this season, scoring three goals and as many assists in 10 games across all competitions for Leicester City.

The latest of his goals came in the 4-0 Europa League thrashing of Braga on Thursday night wherein he also set up Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener to help Leicester make their case stronger to qualify from Group G.

“Yes if I am being honest,” Maddison responded when asked if he was disappointed at not being called up for the England squad on BT Sport.

“I want to be in the England squad, that’s what I dreamt of as a little boy. I have had a taste of it and I want more.

“I’m back fit now, I’m getting the minutes in the legs, but I can’t control whether or not I am in the England squad. I don’t pick the team but I can only concentrate on what I am doing at Leicester. If I can keep my form for Leicester then hopefully the rest takes care of itself.”