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In saying nothing, James Maddison said it all.

Will you be disappointed if you are not named in the England squad this week?

'No comment,' came his reply. The subtext was clear - I better be in it.

James Maddison has been in fine form for Leicester and is close to earning an England call-up

James Maddison has been in fine form for Leicester and is close to earning an England call-up

And he will be. If anything, the only question is whether he starts against Bulgaria at Wembley a week on Saturday.

Given that Gareth Southgate was here at Bramall Lane to witness Maddison's latest exhibition of class, cunning and control, there will surely be a temptation to reward the Leicester forward with his first cap.

We are still in August but come May you are unlikely to have seen a better pass than the one Maddison provided for Jamie Vardy's opening goal. It is unfair to merely label it a 'throughball'. That would suggest he simply gave Vardy something to chase.

It was so much more than that, a sat-nav pass, if you like - a measured, arching delivery with the outside of his right boot which travelled from the centre circle to the fringe of the six-yard area before Vardy lashed home first time.

The midfielder is part of a new generation with great technique, such as Mason Mount

The midfielder is part of a new generation with great technique, such as Mason Mount

And that was another thing, it was dispatched with an instruction, the sort of ball that talks to the recipient - hit me!

Maddison, 22, is of that new generation of player for whom touch and technique is second nature. Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho, it is a given they can take care of a football. 

It is what they then do with it that makes the difference. To that end, Maddison is slowly proving his worth as a game-changer.

Last season was his first in the Premier League following a £24million move from Norwich City. He scored seven and laid on the same number for team-mates, accounting for more than a quarter of Leicester's goals.

And that is where he needs to take his game to be considered for England starting honours. Look at Raheem Sterling and his emergence as a free-scoring forward for Manchester City.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes Maddison shares certain traits with Raheem Sterling

Leicester boss Brendan

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