Gareth Southgate believes James Maddison has learned a valuable lesson about being an England player. The Leicester City attacking midfielder withdrew from the Three Lions squad last week due to illness. However, The Sun published a picture allegedly showing the 22-year-old in a casino as his team-mates were losing 2-1 to the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday. Getty Images - Getty Maddison has been a star performer for Leicester this season but has yet to win a cap for England “Well, once a player has been released from the squad, then it’s up to them how they spend their individual time,” said England boss Southgate. “So, I guess what James has learned is that if you have an involvement with England, then there’s an increased spotlight on you and i
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has denied showing disrespect to Gareth Bale, and claimed the Wales forward refused to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich on Sunday.Zidane has said Bale is "very close to leaving" the club and that his exit would be "best for everyone".Those comments led Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett to complain Zidane had "no respect" for the 30-year-old. "I haven't shown a lack of respect towards anyone," Zidane said."What I said the other day is that the club was working on Bale's exit."I've always said the same thing: the players are the most important ones in all of this. Whenever there's a player involved, I'll always back them."Football Daily podcast: Bale...
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Gareth Bale has gone ‘stale’ at Real Madrid and he needs to move back to the Premier League to get his mojo back.That’s according to Sam Allardyce, who believes it’s time for the Welshman to end his stay in Spain. Bale’s time at the Bernabeu – where he has won 14 trophies, including four European Cups, in six years – has turned sour with manager Zinedine Zidane keen to offload him this summer. Getty Gareth Bale was dropped from the Real Madrid team towards the end of the season Despite scoring one of the greatest ever Champions League final goals a little over 12 months ago, Bale is not in Zidane’s plans and was dropped for the last three games of the season. And he has fallen further down the pecking order since the transfer window opened, following the a
talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… Real Madrid have prioritised Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen over Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. Eriksen recently admitted it might be time for a ‘new challenge’. (Independent) However, the Spanish giants could turn to Pogba in order to offload Gareth Bale. Madrid are considering using the Welshman as make-weight in a deal for the French World Cup winner. (Mirror) And in another potential swap deal, James Rodriguez could be sent to Old Trafford in return for Pogba. The Colombian, who spent the season on loan with Bayern Munich, has told the German club not to exercise their right to buy him. (Star)