James Maddison savours ‘pinch-me moments’ after getting England call | David Hytner

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Leicester midfielder was ‘preparing for the worst’ when Gareth Southgate rang and told him he was in his World Cup squad

James Maddison reached down to touch the white line before pointing his index fingers skyward and tilting his gaze in the same direction. It was a moment in time for the Leicester playmaker, one he feared may not come – his entrance into England’s opening World Cup training session in Qatar – and he wanted to savour it.

Then again, there have been quite a few like that of late, beginning with his call-up into the squad by Gareth Southgate last Thursday – a shock after three years out of the picture – and rolling into him being selected as the player for England’s welcome media conference here.

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Written by David Hytner in Doha
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/nov/16/james-maddison-world-cup-england-leicester under the title “James Maddison savours ‘pinch-me moments’ after getting England call | David Hytner”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.