James Maddison has described the aftermath of his infamous visit to the Casino in 2019 as “ridiculous” and insists his England career has not been stalled by a falling out with club manager Gareth Southgate.
The Leicester City midfielder was pictured at a casino poker table on the night England lost to the Czech Republic in October 2019, a match Maddison was invited to only to pull out of the squad due to flu three days before the game.
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Maddison was selected again in November of that year and made his debut as a second-half substitute against Montenegro, but did not feature in another England team for three years before being included in Southgate’s 26-man squad for the World Cup final. Qatar was placed.
Asked how the incident affected his international prospects, Maddison said: “I thought it might come up and I’m actually glad you asked because people forget that I was actually covered by Gareth Southgate and “I’ve been called after the casino incident and it didn’t happen. It was a big problem for Garrett at the time.”
“It was blown out of proportion and some of it was ridiculous for what actually happened, but that’s in the past.
“I don’t want to go into details because we know inside what it was and it wasn’t a big deal at the time. Like I said, I actually covered up after that so people often say [things about the casino incident] They are looking for an excuse for me not being in the team, but to be honest, it’s not like that.
We had already talked about it, put it to bed, and then I was called and put on a hat.
“Everyone who knows me, the type of person I am and how I am as a player, I always try to be respectful, very professional and other things. I don’t feel misunderstood.
Probably not the best idea to do that, 25-year-old James Madison, sitting here today as a father, would probably say to 20-year-old James Madison.
“But it’s all part learning and part gaining experience. That’s probably why I have a thicker skin and more experience to talk to you about now because of the little things that happened in the past.”
Maddison revealed he has been inspired by Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes in his bid to add goals to his game, with 24 Premier League goals in 2022 – a tally surpassed only by Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and Son Heung-min. have surpassed
“In my mind, I’m still that little boy kicking a ball in the garden with face paint on,” he says.
“I don’t think there’s a player I look up to, maybe when I was younger. I appreciate all the good players in the Premier League and I try to take things from them wherever I can. I often look up to the players who play there. I’m watching. My position
A few seasons ago when I was wondering how I could score goals when I wasn’t in the squad, Bruno Fernandes was playing really well for Manchester United and putting up ridiculous numbers in terms of goals and assists.
“So I probably watched him a little bit closer then. ‘How does he score so many goals’ and what runs does he make that I don’t?”