- Full Name
- James Maddison
- Date of Birth
- 23 November 1996
- 5'9" (175cm)
- 11st 7lbs (73kg)
- Professional Debut
- 13 August 2014
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Since his debut at Manchester United in August 2018, up until the present day, Maddison's potential has attracted considerable acclaim, which helped him to become a full England international in 2019.
The Coventry-born midfielder is renowned as a free-kick specialist, often scoring extraordinary goals for the Foxes, while his hard-working nature has also established him as a favourite among the Blue Army.
Maddison started his career at hometown club Coventry City's academy, making his debut in 2014 in a League Cup defeat to Cardiff City, before quickly making a name for himself in the Football League.
The attacking midfielder wore the No.10 shirt during the 2015/16 campaign, scoring two goals before signing for Norwich City in February and returning to Coventry on loan for the remainder of the season.
Maddison signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Canaries but did not make his debut until a year later, following up his temporary return to Coventry with another loan spell at Scottish side Aberdeen.
During his half-season in Scotland, the exciting prospect played 17 times for the Dons in all competitions, famously scoring a spectacular free-kick in the final minute to secure a 2-1 victory over Rangers.
After returning to Norwich in 2017 and netting on his debut against Preston North End, Maddison played an important role throughout the rest of 2017/18 as the Canaries finished eighth in the second tier.
He concluded the season with 15 goals and eight assists to his name, earning him an England Under-21s call-up in 2017, which led to him making his Young Lions debut against Ukraine in November 2017.
That excellent form in the Championship alerted Leicester to his talents and Claude Puel secured his services on a five-year contract in 2018, a move which would lead to senior international involvement.
Maddison was now an established part of England's Under-21s squad, while also scoring a fantastic free-kick against Huddersfield Town and a memorable volley against Watford in his first Premier League season.
He finished his debut Premier League campaign with 14 goal contributions, and was named City's Young Player of the Season at the End of Season Dinner as Leicester finished in ninth place in the top flight.
In November 2019, meanwhile, Maddison's excellent start to the 2019/20 season was rewarded with a senior international debut from the bench in England's 7-0 win over Montenegro at Wembley Stadium.
That was a reward for the pivotal role he played in elevating Brendan Rodgers' Foxes up the Premier League standings to contend for European qualification during the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
Chiefly among his 2019/20 highlights are long-range stunners against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, while a superb free-kick in October contributed to a record 9-0 triumph at Southampton.
Ahead of the 2020/21 season, following a fifth-placed finish the year earlier, securing UEFA Europa League football, Maddison signed a new four-year contract at King Power Stadium.