Will Maddison ever be 'main man' for England like he is at Tottenham?

THE SHARPE END: Will James Maddison ever be ‘main man’ for England like he is at Spurs and a Sunday roast?

  • As we’ve heard, James Maddison likes to be the main man, on and off the pitch 
  • The Tottenham star declared in the week he likes to dominate at a Sunday roast 
  • But he was off the boil for England in Saturday evening’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine

If you hadn’t heard, James Maddison likes to be the main man. 

On the pitch and, as the Tottenham and England playmaker declared in the week, at the family Sunday roast.

‘It’s not a conscious effort to try to be the showman,’ Maddison said. 

‘That’s just how I play football. That’s just how I am as a person, when I go for a roast dinner with my family, I like to be the main man.’

Questions raged, naturally, over what constitutes being the main man at a roast dinner. Carving duty, surely? First dibs on the gravy? Extra roast potatoes?

If you haven’t heard, Tottenham and England playmaker James Maddison likes to be the main man – both on the pitch and, as he declared in the week, off it at the family Sunday roast as well

The attacking midfielder certainly takes the spotlight as lynchpin at Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs

But he was off the boil for England in Saturday evening’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine in Poland

The way he speaks and finds the spotlight, you can see Maddison being a manager one day. 

There’s more than a touch of his former boss at Leicester, Brendan Rodgers, about him. Main man first, future coach second, probably entertainer third.

Maddison is certainly the main man for Ange Postecoglou at Tottenham. He’s been the lynchpin for their superb start.

The most shots, the most chances created, the most involvement in play. For England, he has not matched his Spurs form.

Gareth Southgate rewarded his form with a start against Ukraine but Maddison struggled to make an impact. 

He drifted inside off his unnatural left-wing berth to get on the ball, but mustered no shots, created his only chance from a corner, was booked in the first-half and subbed before 70 minutes.

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