James Maddison has clear demand for Gareth Southgate after international break

Tottenham's midfielder James Maddison recently displayed his unhappiness with England boss Gareth Southgate.

England v Belgium - International Friendly
England v Belgium - International Friendly / Nigel French/Allstar/GettyImages
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James Maddison is having a terrific season with Tottenham Hotspur after landing from Leicester City on a bargain deal. The 27-year-old midfielder has seemingly found his place at the club, thriving under Ange Postecoglou this campaign.

One would assume this would grant him a prominent role on the England national football team, but so far, Maddison hasn't been a regular face in Gareth Southgate's starting XI. After the recent international break, the talented playmaker sent a clear message about his desire to play.

"There is big competition, a lot of quality in the squad. You have to make sure when you are called upon, you have to go and do the business. I don't lack the confidence and belief in myself to do that, but you still have to go and do it, you have to produce," Maddison said (football.london).

"I just want that opportunity, I want that time on the pitch, because I know what I'm capable of. It's not the be-all and end-all that I got an assist. I know the quality that I have and possess and that can help this team, most definitely. You've also got to show it and you have also got to have the opportunity to show it," the Englishman continued.

More specifically, he took issue with not playing against Brazil in England's first game. He called it a disappointment, as he wanted to display his game at Wembley.

Maddison was certainly happy after seeing action against Belgium, though, letting everybody know that he can make an impact for The Three Lions if given the opportunity.

He's aiming to take part in the upcoming Euro 2024, set to take place in Germany. If he continues his good season with Tottenham, Maddison will surely be part of a squad that'll try to take revenge after losing the tournament's final in 2021.

In the meantime, the ex-Leicester midfielder will be eager to end the season on a positive note as Tottenham strive to secure a top-four finish during what has been an up-and-down Premier League campaign.

So far, Maddison has participated in 18 league games, scoring four goals and providing eight assists for The Lilywhites, and he'll be crucial for the club going forward.

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