James Maddison ready to prove his worth


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Leicester City midfielder James Maddison insists he is determined to prove his worth on the international stage as he tries to make his debut for England this week.

The 21-year-old has lit up the Premier League in the last two months since his move from Championship outfit Norwich City in the summer.

Maddison has scored three goals in eight appearances so far and that form tempted Gareth Southgate to bring him into the senior Three Lions set-up.

Maddison will link-up with fellow youngsters Mason Mount and Jaden Sancho but the former Coventry man insists confidence will not be an issue.

He believes he belongs in the top flight after a quick rise and he is determined to follow in the footsteps of team-mates Harry Maguire and Kasper Schmeichel, who adapted well to the international scene when first arriving at Leicester.

“I have been here five minutes but I have worked hard this season and I am very grateful to get the call up,” he told the Leicester Mercury.

“I want to try and show everyone why I deserve to be here and I will try and show what I have to offer.

The step up is a big one. In my opinion the Premier League is the best league in the world in terms of quality and the players who are on display every week.

“I think he [Maguire] just takes it in his stride and you have to. At Leicester we have got Kasper Schmeichel, who saved a Luka Modric penalty, so obviously his life has changed. Harry and Jamie Vardy were at the World Cup too.

“They all just take it in their stride, it is one of those things.”

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