Claude Puel backs Leicester star to make England impact


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Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes James Maddison can establish himself as a key man for England after being called up to the senior squad for the first time.

Maddison joined the Foxes during the summer from Championship outfit Norwich City and has impressed in the opening weeks of the season.

The 21-year-old midfielder has managed three goals and two assists in seven Premier League games so far and has been rewarded with a place in England manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Nations League games against Croatia and Spain later this month.

“We know the quality that Maddie can bring to us,” Puel told reporters.

“He is another creative player. “He is interesting on the free-kicks and intelligent between the lines to open the play and to give good service.

“It is important he continues to have this good understanding with his team-mates.

“He can do the same for the national team in influencing the game and controlling the tempo.

“He can give a different tempo and intensity, and step by step he will have the maturity to dictate and organise the play.”

Leicester host Everton on Saturday in their last fixture before the international break and they are 2.25 to claim the win, while Maddison is 3.00 to score at anytime.

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