Jamie Redknapp thinks that Leicester City midfielder James Maddison could just be what England are missing after being taught a lesson by Spain on Saturday night.
Despite the euphoria surrounding England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals, Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side were brought back down to earth after being dominated by the technically gifted Spanish midfield.
The former Liverpool midfielder has said that the difference between the two sides at Wembley only highlighted England’s deficiencies in the centre of the park, and despite only making four Premier League appearances, suggesting that Leicester’s James Maddison could be ready to step up to international level.
“The way Spain dominated the midfield at Wembley highlighted just what England are missing,” Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail.
“We are crying out for a player like Thiago who can see a pass, move the ball quickly and is proficient with both feet.
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“It is like a conveyor belt the way Spain keep producing these technically gifted midfielders.”
“Maddison may not look the quickest, but, like Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, he has a deceptive extra yard of pace that allows him to go past people.
“He has made the step up to the Premier League seamlessly and is thriving playing alongside better players.
“He is already good enough for a senior call-up. [If he can] Maintain his early season form and it will only be a matter of time.”
“I watched him play against Liverpool recently,” Redknapp added. “Despite facing one of the highest-energy midfields in the country, he was the standout player in the game.
“He had a fantastic season last year with Norwich, scoring 14 goals and setting up another eight.
“The fact that he has worked his way up through League One and the Championship means he has slipped under the radar.