The Leicester City coach believes that the Three Lions will miss Maddison in their squad for the World Cup.
Brendan Rodgers believes James Maddison's absence from England's World Cup squad would be a shame.
Maddison, who scored twice for Leicester City on Monday, was absent from England's final squad for the World Cup warm-up matches. The 25-year-old midfielder has only played once for England in November 2019 and will face a tough competition to make Southgate's squad for Qatar 2022. He has been in excellent form in the Premier League and after scoring 2 goals and 1 assist in Leicester's 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest, he took his impact on his team's goals to 7 in 7 games. From the beginning of last season until today, only Harry Kane who has scored 24 goals and had an impact on 34 goals has done better than Maddison (17 goals and 10 assists). While praising the English star, Rodgers claimed that he should be in the Three Lions lineup.
He told Sky Sports:
"It's such a shame for the country and for James himself. You see his talent, and his performance level for the last 18 months I think everybody is clear on.
"I think it's only Harry Kane who has created and scored more goals than him, so to not even be in the squad...
"Even if he's not going to start, to have a player of that quality and not only in that, in international football, to have the personality to take the ball, be creative, take the ball and change the game, James is all of that. He's an absolutely brilliant player.
"I really hope over these next few months he can continue the form he's shown for 18 months and somehow get into the team, because if you're wanting creativity, you're wanting personality – he's improved his defensive side of his game, and he can play in a couple of positions.
"For me, he's an absolutely outstanding player, and he's up there.
"I love Phil Foden, Mason Mount, those boys who play there – Jack Grealish is different, Jack plays from the side – but Madders can play in a number of positions to a high level, and he showed that tonight."
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