James Maddison sweating on England future as Gareth Southgate fires warning to stars

James Maddison sweating on England future as Gareth Southgate fires warning to stars

 Gareth Southgate has left James Maddison sweating on his immediate England future  And the England coach has warned his young players he knows EVERYTHING about them and that Maddison’s situation should be a warning to them all  Maddison sent a message to tell Southgate he had been pictured in a Leicester casino after being sent home ILL from the England camp ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying double-header in Prague and Sofia  But Southgate has not given Maddison the chance to explain himself, considering it a distraction to his preparation for tonight’s meeting with Bulgaria in the Vasil Levski Stadium  Southgate said: “He (Maddison) sent a message to tell me but my focus has got to be on the 22 players here and getting everybody in the right place for this game  “Without having had a conversation with James, I can’t comment too much but I’m sure he recognises now that when you’re involved with England, then there is a different sort of spotlight on you For any young player coming into the squad, they probably aren’t as aware of that ”  Asked if he would speak to Maddison when returning from Sofia, Southgate was a little vague, merely re-iterating he speaks to all his players in between international get-togethers  And although he said it was up to the individual how he spent his time once he had been discharged from England duty, it is understood Southgate is none too impressed with the 22-year-old Leicester City midfielder  And the England coach reminded his young players in particular that they are always being monitored  He explained: “I know pretty much everything about all my players.  “I speak to their club managers We never know absolutely everything but we have a very clear picture of every player and that is the due diligence we should always do You need to know them as a individuals and players.”  As players, they will be looking to bounce back from the shock defeat in Prague – a first qualifying loss in TEN YEARS and a performance that Southgate rated as possibly the most disappointing of his three years in charge  He said: “Certainly in the last 18 months, that would be the first time we’ve let ourselves down in terms of the level of the performance,  “Now I’m focused on getting a response from them If we have any thoughts you can just come here, play and win, it doesn’t work that way ”

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