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James Maddison to wear special boots in honour of 'little warrior' Sophie Taylor

James Maddison will wear the boots in Italy. Credit: James Maddison/Instagram

Former Norwich City midfielder James Maddison will wear a special pair of boots at this month's European under 21s Championships in honour of a little girl from Norfolk who recently died of cancer.

Five-year-old Sophie Taylor from Sprowston became best friends with Maddison before she passed away in January.

As a tribute to their special bond, Leicester City star Maddison will wear boots emblazoned with her face on them while he's representing England at the Championships in Italy.

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The boots have been manufactured by Puma and Maddison wrote on social media that they were "unbelievably special."

The right boot carries the words: "There is a new angel in heaven."

Sophie was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma in 2018 but fought hard against the disease.

She was a mascot for some matches at Carrow Road when Maddison was a Norwich player, and the two of them continued their friendship even after he moved to Leicester in a £25 million deal last summer.