Former midfielder turned pundit Danny Murphy has claimed that he would start Tottenham star James Maddison over Manchester City’s Jack Grealish for England.
James Maddison started on the wing against Ukraine but failed to make an impact as England drew 1-1.
Rio Ferdinand previously slammed Gareth Southgate for playing Maddison out of position.
He criticised the manager’s decision to continue playing Jordan Henderson in the midfield alongside Declan RIce and Jude Bellingham when he could put Maddison alongside the duo.
But Murphy has in quite contrasting remarks suggested that he would play Maddison over Grealish and Bowen indicating that he would continue to play him on the wings.
While on Rio Ferdinand’s podcast FIVE, he was asked to pick between James Maddison, Jack Grealish and West Ham star Jarrod Bowen and said:
“[James] Maddison starts, he’s got more end product.
“In a tournament, Maddison starts, [Jack] Grealish on the bench, no [Jarrod] Bowen.”
Murphy’s comparison of Maddison with the likes of Grealish and Bowen (both wingers) is odd since the Spurs man is one of the best number 10s in the Premier League and needs to be played in his natural position.
He has been a consistent performer over the years at Leicester and has had a brilliant start to his Spurs career as well, contributing to 2 goals and 2 assists in 4 games.