The England Under 21 boss doesn’t believe Leicester City’s James Maddison is ready to play for Gareth Southgate yet.
Aidy Boothroyd is against the idea of James Maddison playing for Gareth Southgate’s England just yet, although he believes he has the quality to.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the England Under 21 manager was blunt in his appraisal of the Leicester City midfielder who will be a part of his squad to face Latvia and the Netherlands over the international break.
“I don’t think he is ready for the senior team yet,” said Boothroyd. “But he certainly has got a lot of qualities, he’s very creative, and he’s done really, really well for us.
“He’s a late developer. If you look at his pathway, he’s played in Scotland, he’s played in League Two, he’s played in League one, he’s played in the Championship, and how he’s playing in the Premier League.
“We [Southgate and Boothroyd] speak regularly about all our players, so we’ve got an idea of who’s out there and who’s doing well, and who might need a little bit of help.”
Maddison has impressed over his four Premier League games since moving to Leicester from Norwich City in the summer but Boothroyd is likely right about the need for patience.
Maddison is 21 years old but only has three caps for the under 21’s since his first squad in November last year. Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray, in comparison, made their debuts in 2016 despite being the same age.
There certainly isn’t any need for fast-tracking Maddison right now and letting him play without the extra, unnecessary pressure will surely only be good for his development.