Gareth Southgate’s reaction to James Maddison masterclass revealed as Laura Woods discloses chat with England manager during Leicester thrashing of No

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England manager Gareth Southgate kept his cards close to his chest during James Maddison’s superb performance in Leicester’s 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Southgate was at the Legends of Football event in London on Monday night, where he was the recipient of the 2022 award, which will see him inducted into their Hall of Fame later this year. Maddison’s superb free-kick was his second of the night and his 50th in Leicester coloursGetty Gareth Southgate kept schtum regarding Maddison’s chances of an England recallGetty Laura Woods was also at the star-studded event and the talkSPORT presenter tuned in to see Maddison’s man-of-the-match performance with the England manager sat close by. With Southgate fully aware of what was unfolding at the King Power Stadium, Woods was not going to pass up the opportunity to gain an insight into whether the Foxes star was in his thoughts ahead of the big kick-off in Qatar next month. Woods told talkSPORT: “I asked him a question and it was a bit tongue in cheek because I knew he wasn’t going to answer it. “I asked in a roundabout way, ‘Is there still a little bit of space for anybody to join this team or has he made his mind up?’ I was hinting towards Maddison because as we were sat there at this dinner, we were watching the goals flying in – two from Maddison and an assist as well. “He answered in a way that gave us a little bit of insight into what helps him make those decisions.” England legend Stuart Pearce, who was also at the dinner, gave a description of Southgate’s diplomatic response. Laura Woods has been an advocate for James Maddison’s inclusion in England’s World Cup squad Most read in Football tirade Man City staff 'overheard' furious half-time rant led by two Man United stars finally Forgotten man set for first Anfield start two seasons on from signing for Liverpool update Premier League footballer arrested on suspicion of rape has bail extended tense 'Quite insulting' - Maddison hits back at England claims in awkward chat with Neville spat Carragher calls Ferdinand a Ronaldo 'fan boy' as legends poke fun at each other ISSUE Souness fears Klopp has repeated Shankly mistake with Liverpool miles away from title Pearce told talkSPORT: “What he suggested was when players come to him, the ideal pathway is Premier League football, then Champions League football, then they arriv eon the international scene quite rounded with stepping stones on the way. “But he added the journey isn’t always clear. That’s just the ideal path. I think people were alluding to Maddison and individuals who are on the outside.” Despite missing out on Southgates most recent squad, Maddison is not giving up on his hopes of a seat on the plane to Qatar. Speaking after Monday night’s win, Maddison was asked if the World Cup squad was still attainable for him, with the 25-year-old telling Sky Sports that he retains belief he can still force his way into Southgate’s plans. Maddison made it five goals in seven games to help lift the Foxes off the bottom of the tableGetty “It’s hard to answer because you want to say the right thing and not the wrong thing, but that is an ambition of mine, a goal of mine,” said the Leicester midfielder. “I am a football man, I watch international football and an opportunity at that level is something I desire and one I know I would have an impact at and one I hope will come my way at some point.” He continued: “I will keep working hard, I have got to have the mindset of forcing my way in because those players at the big clubs are in at the minute and they are top players, but I think there could be a space for me. “So I will keep working hard and producing performances like that tonight and see where it leads me.” Most read in Football tirade Man City staff 'overheard' furious half-time rant led by two Man United stars finally Forgotten man set for first Anfield start two seasons on from signing for Liverpool update Premier League footballer arrested on suspicion of rape has bail extended tense 'Quite insulting' - Maddison hits back at England claims in awkward chat with Neville spat Carragher calls Ferdinand a Ronaldo 'fan boy' as legends poke fun at each other ISSUE Souness fears Klopp has repeated Shankly mistake with Liverpool miles away from title

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