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Leicester City's manager Claude Puel has backed new signing James Maddison to have a bright future with England

James Maddison has started the season with Leicester in fine form. Photo: PA

Leicester boss Claude Puel has backed James Maddison to make an England breakthrough this season.

The £24million midfielder has impressed at the Foxes following his summer move from Norwich.

England chief Gareth Southgate watched him in Leicester's opening 2-1 defeat at Manchester United while Maddison scored on his home debut against Wolves last week.

Southgate will name his squad for next month's Nations League opener against Spain and friendly with Switzerland, which will be held in Leicester, next week.

Puel said: "James has a modern style and I hope he becomes an international player for the future. He has the quality but for the moment he needs to be focused, to keep the concentration with his club.

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"He is at the beginning of his career and we'll continue to develop him.

"I hope, like a lot of his team-mates, it will be a good reference for the national team."

Maddison only made his England Under-21 debut against Ukraine last November.

The 21-year-old, who scored 15 goals for Norwich in the Sky Bet Championship last term, was wanted by Southampton in the summer but always had Leicester as his first choice.

The Foxes face the Saints, without the suspended Jamie Vardy, at St Mary's in the Premier League on Saturday.

Puel added: "Maddison was a young player and a lot of teams wanted him. It was a good opportunity for us and him to come and make good progress.

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"We tried to put in place a style of play on the ground with quality, with technical players. It is a good for him because he is not physical, tall or powerful but he has something different.

"When I spoke to him I tried to give him the truth. I like to analyse the player to give him my feelings and feedback and to ask questions about his feelings about his play.

"I like to tell him how he can develop. He has made a lot of progress without the ball already.

"I like to introduce the project of the club and when we look at Leicester it's a club which develops young players."