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James Maddison is yet to make his premiere appearance for the English national team.

Leicester’s main creative force was released from the national team duty on Thursday. The reason was sickness, as Maddison couldn’t continue with the team.

However, Friday night saw him spend the night at the casino while his teammates suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 02: James Maddison of Leicester City during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Leicester City and Atalanta at The King Power Stadium on August 02, 2019 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Asked about this issue, the England national manager said:

“Once a player has been released from the squad, then it’s up to them how they spend their individual time,” he commented, according to Standard.

“What James has learned is that if you have an involvement with England, then there’s an increased spotlight on you and increased interest in your personal and private life as well, so that goes with the territory. It’s a high-profile position.”

With or without Maddison, the team received a lot of criticism for their most recent loss. Southgate addressed this issue saying:

“They don’t need me to tell them they didn’t play the level they can.

“There’s no point us moping around and feeling sorry for ourselves.

“We all are responsible for the result but I, the manager, I have to take the ultimate responsibility.

“We tried something in the first half the other night.

“In hindsight, because of the result and the performance, that didn’t work, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right decision to have a go at it.

“If we hadn’t, if we don’t ever think about evolving and trying those things we’ll never progress as a team. We will always continue to make them and the priority is to give a good performance.”