James Maddison admits he is EMBARASSED by Leicester being bottom of the Premier League

‘It’s painful to say’: James Maddison admits he is EMBARASSED by Leicester’s league position with the Foxes rooted to the bottom of the Premier League… as the playmaker insists he is DESPERATE for an England chance, despite not playing in three years

  • Leicester are bottom of the Premier League after a shocking start to the season
  • Despite the superb form of James Maddison, the Foxes have just four points 
  • The playmaker said Leicester need to kickstart their season as soon as possible
  • Maddison also claimed he still hopes to break into England’s World Cup squad

Leicester City star James Maddison has said that he is ’embarassed’ about the club being bottom of the Premier League after the Foxes’ dismal start to the season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have picked up just four points from their first nine games, conceding a mammoth 24 goals in the process.

They host Crystal Palace at the King Power stadium on Saturday lunchtime before crunch fixtures follow against Leeds and fellow strugglers Wolves.

James Maddison said he is ’embarassed’ about Leicester being bottom of the Premier League

The Foxes have endured a miserable start to the season and have four points from nine games

The Foxes have endured a miserable start to the season and have four points from nine games

Maddison believes Leicester are heading into a key part of their season as they aim to recapture the form that saw them qualify for the Europa League in successive seasons in 2019-20 and 2020-21, narrowly missing out on the Champions League. 

‘It’s a big week for us because the reality is we’re bottom of the league,’ he told BT Sport.

‘And that’s even painful to say out load and it’s almost a little bit embarrassing that we’re down there, so we need to do something about it. 

‘We haven’t been getting enough good results. Against Bournemouth (Leicester suffered a 2-1 defeat last Saturday) it’s kind of the same thing.

Maddison has been in inspired form despite the team’s struggles, scoring five goals already

‘No disrespect to them but you’ve got to go there and dominate and win. It’s challenging times but we’re all pulling in the same direction and we’ll keep working for that.’

Maddison himself has been in inspired form so far this season with five goals and two assists in just eight league games.

However, despite his stellar start to the season, the midfielder was in no mood for self-praise.

He said: ‘I feel I’m at the top of the game but it’s a strange one becuase I don’t want to come across as a guy who is talking about personal form when we’re in the position we’re in because I love winning. It’s bittersweet to talk about it.

‘I try to lead by example and take that responsibilty on my own shoulders and take the pressure off my teammates. 

‘But it’s all good talking about it but I’ve got to show them and keep continuing the personal form I am in.’

Maddison’s England hopes were also discussed, with the playmaker continuing to be snubbed by Gareth Southgate, despite his imperious form.

The former Coventry youngster has won just one England cap and is keen for another chance

The former Coventry youngster has won just one England cap and is keen for another chance

The former Coventry youngster has won just one cap for the Three Lions – a sub appearance during a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro back in 2019.

Several pundits and former players have called for Maddison to make Southgate’s squad for the World Cup this winter and the Leicester star is desperate for an opportunity.

‘England is a hard topic to talk about because I don’t want to say the wrong thing,’ he explained. 

‘Of course you want to play for your country. I want that opportunity. I don’t feel like I’ve had the opportunity to showcase my talent at that level and I think I could have an impact.

‘The better I play for Leicester the more chance I’ve got.’

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