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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, ex-Leicester man Steve Walsh has tipped Hamza Choudhury to break into the England squad in the future.
What did he say?
The midfielder has played a prominent role for the Foxes this season, featuring in all of Brendan Rodgers’ side’s Premier League games.
The 22-year-old has earned seven caps for England’s U21s side, but has yet to make his debut for the senior set-up. However, Walsh believes Choudhury’s displays could see him eventually earn the recognition of Gareth Southgate.
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He said: “Yes, he can (get into the England side). Hamza has come through the academy and it’s great to see homegrown players. He’s a player with great tenacity, he reads the game well and he’s an up and coming star for Leicester. He’s threatening to start every game at the moment so again it’s a good option for Brendan Rodgers.”
Looking at Southgate’s current England squad, there appears to be a real lack of quality in the holding midfield position. Declan Rice is the one player who looks most suited to performing that specialist role, but Choudhury’s continued development at Leicester certainly gives the Three Lions boss some food for thought.
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The Foxes man averaged an impressive 2.7 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game in the Premier League last season, whilst Rice managed 2.9 tackles and 1.5 interceptions respectively. Including Choudhury in the team to simply anchor the midfield and allow some of the side’s more creative talents the platform to express their abilities further forward seems like the ideal blueprint.
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If he remains an important figure in Leicester’s promising charge in the league this season, then Southgate will find it difficult to avoid including the 22-year-old in his future squads.