James Maddison will learn following casino trip, says Gareth Southgate

October 14, 2019
By: Daniel Orme

England boss Gareth Southgate has said midfielder James Maddison will learn after being spotted in a casino.

The Leicester City man dropped out of the most recent Three Lions squad due to illness. However, images were then released by the press of Maddison in a casino around the same time that England fell to their 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic in Prague.

Southgate has suggested that the 22-year-old will now realise the scrutiny he is now under having been part of the national set-up.

Ahead of his press conference for England’s Euro 2020 qualifying clash against Bulgaria, he said: “Once a player’s been released from the squad, then it is up to them how they spend their individual time.

“I guess that what James has learned is that if you have an involvement with England, then there is an increased spotlight on you, and increased interest in your personal and private life as well.

“That goes with the territory. It’s a high-profile position.”

England will hope to get back to winning ways and qualify for next year’s tournament as they travel to Bulgaria. Southgate’s men are once again well fancied to earn victory and can be backed at a price of 2/9 with Betfair. Meanwhile, the hosts sit at 12/1 to make it two defeats in a row for Southgate’s troops.

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