James Maddison not ready to play for England – Aidy Boothroyd

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England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says Maddison ‘not ready for England senior team’

Maddison in action against Newcastle on Saturday

James Maddison has been impressive since signing for the Foxes for a £20m fee this summer.

The former Canaries midfielder has adjusted to the demands of the Premier League remarkably well making the transfer fee seem like a bargain.

Gareth Southgate was at St James’ Park on Saturday watching the youngster

Maddison has already scored three times this season which lured England boss Gareth Southgate to St James’ Park on Saturday to monitor him.

The England squad will be named on Thursday and it is looking like the Foxes man will get a call up.

However England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says that he’s not ready just yet.

“I don’t think he is ready for the senior team, yet,”

“But he certainly has got a lot of qualities. “He is very creative and he’s done really, really well for us. He’s a late developer, if you look at his pathway he’s played in Scotland, League Two, League One, the Championship and now the Premier League.

“He’s done the steps and got the games under his belt. He is on our radar in the U21s and he’s on the senior’s radar.

Maddison has said that he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of himself, but has said “it is a dream of mine to play for England, it always has been since I was a very young boy”

James has played just a number of times for England U21

Teammate Harry Maguire is confident that James will get a call up saying it’s “a matter of time” before he appears for the Three Lions.

“If he keeps improving he’ll get the call and he will take the challenge on” said Harry.

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