Jamie Redknapp names two players who are 'future of English football'


Former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp reckons Mason Mount and James Maddison both have the ingredients to be future stars for the Three Lions.

Mount and Maddison went head-to-head over the weekend as Leicester battled to a hard-fought 1-1 Premier League draw at Chelsea .

The Blues raced into a quick lead when the 20 year-old Mount, one of a crop of young players given their chance by Frank Lampard, stole the ball from a dallying Wilfred Ndidi and left Kasper Schmeichel with no chance with his shot in the seventh minute.

But Leicester, orchestrated by the impressive Maddison, showed why they are tipped to make a challenge for the top six this season as Ndidi made up for an error in the build-up to Chelsea’s goal with the equaliser.

James Maddison (L) and Mason Mount (R) during an England training session last year

And Redknapp was impressed with the pair, who are both uncapped by England, and backed them to break into Gareth Southgate’s set-up in the near future.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail , he said: “Watching Chelsea face Leicester, it felt like we were watching the future of English football.

“Mason Mount, 20, and James Maddison, 22, were the two best players on the pitch. They showed exactly what they are all about with their pressing and attack-mindedness.

“If I was Gareth Southgate, I would be thrilled seeing that in a big game.”

Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, has heaped praise on Maddison amid reports the midfielder could make his England debut next month.

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Maddison, who turns 23 in November, is no longer eligible for the Under-21 side and has made an impressive start to the season with his performances against Wolves and Chelsea.

England boss Southgate is said to be poised to name Maddison in his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying clashes against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

It would be the former Coventry and Norwich playmaker’s second call-up to the senior team after he was selected against Spain and Croatia in October 2018, but he did not feature on that occasion.

Gareth Southgate has been keeping an eye on both players’ progress

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“I haven’t spoken to Gareth. Since I’ve come in, I’ve been so impressed by James,” said Rodgers.

“He’s got a great football brain, technically he’s a high level, everyone sees chances he creates, how he finds space and creates opportunities for others, and he’s tactically improving all the time.

“He loves football, thinks about the game, loves training. You saw his performance last week, outstanding with and without the ball.

“He’s a really good guy, has lots of maturity, plays with great spirit and he’s a joy to work with.”





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