Noni Madueke delivers timely Chelsea recall with stunning appearance for England Under-21s
The gifted winger, who arrived for £29million in January at Stamford Bridge from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, only came on as a substitute in the second half of Saturday’s U21 friendly against France at Leicester. in the 66th minute from Arsenal’s first goalscorer Emile Smith Rowe.
But Madueke certainly made the most of his appearance at the King Power Stadium, delivering his own goal as well as two assists for Liverpool’s Curtis Jones and Aston Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey.
Such a decisive win saw Lee Carsley’s Young Lions end France’s 14-game unbeaten streak as they continue their preparations for this summer’s European Championship, with Croatia following in another friendly at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.
Madueke will be hoping he has done enough to earn a start in this game, while also looking to play a bigger role for Chelsea after the international break.
The 21-year-old, formerly of Tottenham and Crystal Palace as a youngster, has made just four appearances for the Blues so far with just two Premier League starts and has been omitted from Potter’s squad entirely for the knockout stages of the Champions League. .