By Dominic King for the Daily Mail
Published: 23:30 GMT, 18 November 2020 | Updated: 23:30 GMT, 18 November 2020
It was during a passage in the first half, when little flicks and feints had Blue shirts twisting and turning, that you thought of someone absent.
James Maddison would have loved an evening such as this: wide open spaces to exploit, a team playing with confidence and an ample opportunity to wreak havoc.
But he was sat at home, watching on helplessly and perhaps wondering what the future holds.
Midfielder James Maddison is desperate to get back into Gareth Southgate’s plans
This latest international camp has been excellent for players such as Jack Grealish, star of the show in Belgium on Sunday, and the ever-dependable Mason Mount, who scored his second international goal in this procession against Iceland. Then, of course, there was the imperious Phil Foden.
For Maddison, however, it has left a question mark next to his name. The Leicester midfielder is desperate to get back into Gareth Southgate’s plans and said earlier this month he was disappointed to miss out on this triple-header having finally recovered his fitness after injury.
Southgate would never close the door on a player but you have to wonder whether circumstances are going to prevent Maddison from climbing into the head