Maddison withdraws from England squad due to illness
James Maddison has withdrawn from the England squad due to illness, the Football Association (FA) has confirmed.
Attacking midfielder Maddison has enjoyed a sparkling start to the 2019-20 season with Leicester City and was expected to make his England debut in the upcoming internationals against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
The 22-year-old's form has been so impressive that strong transfer links with Manchester United and other clubs have started to circulate.
But his wait for a first senior England cap must continue and he will return to Leicester.
Gareth Southgate has opted against calling up a replacement, as he did when Everton's Fabian Delph withdrew because of a hamstring injury on Monday, leaving him with a 23-man squad for the two Euro 2020 qualifiers.
England face the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday, before travelling to Sofia three days later.