James Maddison handed number 25 shirt by England as fitness doubts ended

England have announced their squad numbers for the World Cup in Qatar and have seemingly ended any doubts about James Maddison’s fitness by handing him the number 25 shirt.

The Leicester midfielder suffered an injury spike on Saturday after being forced off with a knee problem during the 2-0 win over West Ham.

Days earlier, Maddison earned a surprise recall to the Three Lions squad, three years on from his only game against Montenegro.

And while he marked his selection with a goal at the London Stadium, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers had to replace the playmaker in the first half.

Both Rodgers and Maddison played down any fears after the win and the former Coventry and Norwich ace has now been given the number 25 for the tournament to signal that his participation in Qatar is no longer under threat.

England manager Gareth Southgate gave the numbers one to 12 to the same players who wore them at Euro 2020, where they lost to Italy on penalties in the final at Wembley.

Jordan Pickford claims the number one jersey while captain Harry Kane wears nine again.

Kalvin Phillips, Conor Coady, Mason Mount and Phil Foden also wear numbers 14, 16, 19 and 20 respectively as they did last year for the European Championships.

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