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Frozen_Waffles

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People stating his form towards the end of the season or the fact Southgate doesn't like him or fitness etc..

The reality is Bellingham, Foden and Palmer (who are all at their best in Maddisons positon) have been amazing this season.

Bellingham player of the year at Madrid, Foden named the best city player and Palmer the best Chelsea player. Those are 3 players who could be known as some of the best players to EVER play for England given time.

No surprise at Maddison missing out, the only argument could be with Eze, but he can play on the left and offers something different.

Even if he had continued his form post injury it would be almost impossible for him to get a spot in the team.
 

ukdy

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Would be interesting to know what the cut-off is for form? 6 weeks? 8 weeks before a tournament. What if you've got someone like Maddison who can play 90 mins... or Saka who's not fit, and probably carrying an injury?
 

qqq1

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People stating his form towards the end of the season or the fact Southgate doesn't like him or fitness etc..

The reality is Bellingham, Foden and Palmer (who are all at their best in Maddisons positon) have been amazing this season.

Bellingham player of the year at Madrid, Foden named the best city player and Palmer the best Chelsea player. Those are 3 players who could be known as some of the best players to EVER play for England given time.

No surprise at Maddison missing out, the only argument could be with Eze, but he can play on the left and offers something different.

Even if he had continued his form post injury it would be almost impossible for him to get a spot in the team.
You also have to consider that with Southgate as manager Foden, Palmer and Maddison are likely to play on the wing and the other two are better than Maddison out wide.
 

fishhhandaricecake

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People stating his form towards the end of the season or the fact Southgate doesn't like him or fitness etc..

The reality is Bellingham, Foden and Palmer (who are all at their best in Maddisons positon) have been amazing this season.

Bellingham player of the year at Madrid, Foden named the best city player and Palmer the best Chelsea player. Those are 3 players who could be known as some of the best players to EVER play for England given time.

No surprise at Maddison missing out, the only argument could be with Eze, but he can play on the left and offers something different.

Even if he had continued his form post injury it would be almost impossible for him to get a spot in the team.
True but Maddison is a 10, Foden and Palmer both come in off the right mostly and Eze off the left.

Maddison offers something different and i think it was a poor decision from Southgate.
 

Frozen_Waffles

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True but Maddison is a 10, Foden and Palmer both come in off the right mostly and Eze off the left.

Maddison offers something different and i think it was a poor decision from Southgate.
Maybe you're right, I think this England team lacks experience and magic and Maddison, Grealish and Rashford for that matter possess it.

You can't take everyone but perhaps those players can change a game, where as can Eze, Bowen and Gordon produce that magic?

I understand Southgates decision but I think we may be very pedestrian in our play. Who do we bring on when we need a goal. I'd much rather have Maddison, Grealish and Rashford in that situation, current form withstanding.
 

C1w8

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Maybe you're right, I think this England team lacks experience and magic and Maddison, Grealish and Rashford for that matter possess it.

You can't take everyone but perhaps those players can change a game, where as can Eze, Bowen and Gordon produce that magic?

I understand Southgates decision but I think we may be very pedestrian in our play. Who do we bring on when we need a goal. I'd much rather have Maddison, Grealish and Rashford in that situation, current form withstanding.

Whether these players play in the exact same AM role as Maddison, they will invariably be covering the spot (backup) Maddison would have is the likely situation here.

Imo Eze, Bowen, maybe to a lesser extent Gorden, and both Palmer and Foden mentioned in the comment you were replying to - they've pulled something out of the bag to grab a goal/impact a game and drive their team forward with a bit of magic more than Maddison has this season.
 

Bluto Blutarsky

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That hits the wall in a real game. They should make those dummies like 9-10 feet tall.
I don't think it would have:

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Ball is still rising here, and you can see from the ball shadow on the white dummy (not Maddison) that it has not yet reached the wall.
 
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