Brendan Rodgers backs James Justin to push for senior England call-up

Brendan Rodgers backs James Justin to push for senior England call-up and hails full back as a ‘fantastic talent’ after stunner in FA Cup win at Stoke

  • James Justin netted a superb strike from distance in Leicester’s victory at Stoke 
  • The full back has been tipped for a senior England call-up by Brendan Rodgers 
  • Rodgers lauded Justin’s talent and admitted the 22-year-old is developing well 

Brendan Rodgers has backed James Justin to push for a senior England call-up following the full back’s spectacular performances this season.

Justin was playing in League One until he joined Leicester from Luton in 2019 and did not start a top-flight game until December that year, but a serious knee injury to Ricardo Pereira last March gave him his chance and the 22-year-old has never looked back.

Quick, competitive and comfortable in both full back positions, Justin enhanced his growing reputation with a superb opening goal at Stoke as Leicester cruised into the fourth round. 

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has backed James Justin to push for a senior England call-up

England are well-stocked at right back, but Justin’s versatility will surely bring the youth international into Gareth Southgate’s thoughts.

Foxes boss Rodgers said: ‘Gareth looks at all the Under 21 boys and James is getting better with every game he plays. He’s a fantastic talent. He’s still got a lot of work to do but he is developing very well.’

Leicester were without Jamie Vardy and James Maddison, who are managing hip and knee issues respectively, but picked a strong XI and it paid off. 

Full back Justin netted a thunderbolt from distance in Leicester’s FA Cup victory over Stoke

After Justin put them in front, second-half goals from Marc Albrighton, Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes sealed a resounding win.

Justin added: ‘It’s been a really good season for me.

‘The FA Cup is such a big opportunity for us to get some silverware. Going far in it is one of our biggest aims.’




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