Claude Puel tips Marc Albrighton for England call


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Leicester boss Claude Puel has tipped Marc Albrighton to earn international recognition with England in the near future.

The 28-year-old winger has been a consistent performer since joining the Foxes from Aston Villa in 2014, as he helped the club to the Premier League title in 2016, while this season he has contributed two goals and seven assists in his 31 top-flight appearances to date.

Despite his consistent displays, Albrighton is yet to receive an international call-up to the senior England squad and he admitted last month that he is unlikely to ever represent the Three Lions.

However, Puel feels Albrighton deserves a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad and he has been impressed by the wideman’s improvement over recent months.

“I cannot take the place of Gareth (Southgate) as manager but Albrighton has given his best for Leicester,” Puel was quoted as saying by the Leicester Mercury.

“The important thing is he has continued to improve. He has become a more complete player – for example, he has given more options in his play.

“I hope in the future he can become an international player because he has all the good attributes.”

Albrighton certainly faces a race against time if he is to earn a call-up for England ahead of this summer’s World Cup, but he will get his next chance to stake a claim when Leicester play host to Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Foxes are priced at 2.00 to emerge from that contest with all three points, while Newcastle are available at 4.00 and the draw is on offer at 3.50.

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