James Maddison has revealed his ‘hunger’ to earn an England recall with the Leicester midfielder outlining his belief that he is ‘good enough’ for the national side.
Maddison has been one of the Premier League’s form players in recent weeks and has played a key role in Leicester’s pursuit of a top four finish, scoring six goals and providing a further five assists with only Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish having been directly involved in more goals amongst English midfielders.
The 24-year-old’s fine form has moved him in contention for a place in the England squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships, with Maddison yet to add to the single senior cap he won as a substitute against Montenegro in 2019.
Gareth Southgate is facing a huge selection headache ahead of this summer’s major tournament with Maddison joining the likes of Grealish, Phil Foden and Mason Mount in pushing for a place, though the Leicester star is confident he has the ability to play a key role at international level.
“I know I am good enough. I just want that opportunity,” Maddison told Football Focus.
“Hopefully that is something I can strive towards. That is not a target I will hide. I want to be back in the England squad, simple as that.
“If that wasn’t my target there would be something wrong. I have come through the lower leagues and that feeling of representing my country against Montenegro was the best feeling ever.
“That is something I am very hungry for. That is why I am working every day, why I am staying out on the training pitch longer to help this Leicester team and ultimately break back into the England team.”