England are considered favourites to lift the Under-21 European Championship and James Maddison is looking forward to starting the tournament.
James Maddison says that he is relishing the prospect of guiding his team to Under 21 glory. The young lions are set to participate in the Under-21 European Championship in Italy and are considered favourites to lift the title.
And after winning the World Cup at youth level already, this English team is full of talented players. James Maddison is one of the key players in the team after some strong displays in the Premier League for Leicester City.
The youngster is clearly looking forward to the competition and is touted to be one of the impact stars at the tournament.
While speaking to Daily Mail, James Maddison couldn’t help hide his excitement.
‘I am so excited!’ he said, rubbing his hands together for further emphasis. ‘I have been looking forward to this for ages. I’ve never actually played an international tournament before. I have played in qualifying, international friendlies and stuff but not a tournament.
‘It is new to me but, honestly, I’m raring to go! The challenge that we face trying to win it drives me on that extra few per cent. You are playing for your country. You can never take that for granted at any level. People ask what do you think about not getting called to the seniors; it’s not about that.
‘When I put that badge on I want to go and win this tournament. The lads feel that as a group. I am excited, determined, all those words. The other lads have had success in tournaments but my trophy cabinet is empty. I have a few individual ones in there but there are no winners’ medals.
Quite clearly, James Maddison wants to fill up his trophy cabinet which bodes well for the national Under 21 team and potential suitors.