Tottenham Hotspur signed James Maddison from Leicester City during the summer transfer window.
The 26-year-old England international has hit the ground running at his new club and his performances have left Graeme Souness impressed.
Souness has now revealed that the Tottenham midfielder deserves to start for England and he will be a better option than Jude Bellingham in the attacking midfield role.
The former Premier League midfielder added that Maddison is a better goalscorer and creator compared to the Real Madrid midfielder.
“I am an enormous fan of James Maddison,” said Souness on Channel 4 Sport. “I think there is room for Maddison and Bellingham in this midfield.
“I think England have a group of players now, going back to when it was Scholes, Lampard and Steven Gerrard, the Golden generation. I think these lot are as well. I know they have come close to winning a trophy. I think this is a team that should be winning trophies.
“If you look at Maddison’s numbers, his stats of scoring goals and creating chances, and you compare them to Bellingham. He shoots Bellingham off the park. He is far better than Bellingham in creating chances and scoring goals.
“He is choosing Bellingham because he plays for Real Madrid. I think there is room for two of them – if he (Bellingham) is going to play off Harry Kane, then I don’t think he is as good as Maddison as that.”
Bellingham is undoubtedly one of the best young midfielder in the world and he has established himself as a key player since his move to Real Madrid.
Both players deserve opportunities for the England national team and it remains to be seen whether Gareth Southgate can fit both of them into his starting lineup.
Maddison has not been a regular starter for England in recent years and he will hope that joining a big club will boost the sounds of playing for his country more often.
His recent form certainly warrants regular action with the Three Lions and it remains to be seen how the situation develops.
With the European Championships coming up next summer, Gareth Southgate will have to finalise his setup and it remains to be seen whether the England manager is ready to take a more adventurous route and pack his side with creativity and goals.