James Maddison ‘can’t be trusted’ and ruled out of Euro 2020 contention after Leicester Covid protocol breaches, while West Ham loan sensation Jesse Lingard MUST be part of England squad this summer
James Maddison has blown any chance he had of making the England squad for the European Championship this summer as he ‘can’t be trusted’, talkSPORT has been told.
The Leicester City midfielder missed a key chance to impress Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate on Sunday when he, along with teammates Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhry, were dropped from the Foxes clash with West Ham due to a breach of Covid protocols.
Maddison was already on the fringes of the England squad, missing the recent international break through injury, and has previously been warned about his behaviour by Southgate having been pictured in a casino in 2019 hours after withdrawing from international duty through illness.
While Maddison missed his chance to impress the watching Southgate at the London Stadium on Sunday, Jesse Lingard scored twice for West Ham as he continues to shine while there is plenty of competition from Jack Grealish and Phil Foden for a spot in the squad.
Jamie O’Hara believes that Maddison may look back on this incident with regret in the future and insisted the 24-year-old can now forget about any chance of being at the Euros this summer.
“The biggest problem, and person who will have the most regret out of this, is James Maddison,” O’Hara told talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast show.
“I think he’s just put himself out the England side. The Euros are done for him now as he can’t be trusted.
“There was a casino incident they had before and Southgate wasn’t happy about it, now this.
“He will have huge regrets and I know this from being a player myself and not reaching the potential you probably should reach.
“He will look at this situation in a few years and go ‘I wish I didn’t do that and took that responsibility more’.
“When you’re a young lad, you’ve got money, you’re enjoying life, you’re driving nice cars, you can do what you want and you get carried away.
“You think you’re invincible and invisible and you can get away with anything. You can’t.
“The worst thing you can do as a footballer, and I’ve felt this, when you come to the end, football ends quickly.
“It’s not like a business where you can make mistakes and can start another business and learn from those mistakes.
“When football is gone it’s gone. You can’t have regrets. I have a lot of regrets and I look at someone like James Maddison, I was a party boy and I liked going out and enjoy things and I look back and think ‘I wish I didn’t do that, I wish I didn’t go on that night out, I wish I didn’t get caught doing that’.
“When your career ends, you don’t want that feeling. He’s a great football player with a lot of ability.”
O’Hara, meanwhile, believes that Lingard has played himself into the England squad for the Euros after his brilliant performances for West Ham.
Lingard has scored eight goals in nine appearances since joining the Hammers on loan from Manchester United.
“He’s playing with full confidence. Everything he seems to do is coming off, he’s running with the ball, he’s scoring, he’s a leader in the group,” the former Tottenham midfielder said.
“For me, he has to go to the Euros because he’s fresh and in top form.
“I thought West Ham might have struggled. Losing (Declan) Rice and (Michail) Antonio, two big players, I thought that could be the end. I thought they would crumble.”
Former Man United striker Andy Cole has also backed Lingard for a Euros spot, telling talkSPORT: “Ultimately when you come to this stage of the season you have got to take the players in form.
“I don’t really care about, ‘oh, yeah, he, six months ago was fantastic’, I’m talking about now because the tournament is going to be when the season finishes in, what, May? Three weeks later. You have got to take the players in form and if Jesse continues this then why not?”