JAMES MADDISON enjoyed celebratory fun at Ally Pally last night to watch the World Darts Championships – but refused to bow to the pressure and have a pint!
The 26-year-old Leicester City star has just returned to his club after being part of England’s World Cup squad.
Unfortunately for the Foxes ace, he didn’t get minutes for the Three Lions in the Middle East after injuring himself in his last Premier League game at West Ham.
Nonetheless, the hugely popular attacker and self-confessed darts fan wore a smile as bright as his Christian Dior sweater as he enjoyed the north London atmosphere.
Maddison, who hopes to belong with Leicester at home against Newcastle on Boxing Day, was still strictly on business.
And after being spotted by the crowd on the big screen and prompted to have a beer, the footy ace refused to swallow a beer in one, much to the disappointment of those singing.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Maddison said: “I think it’s well known that I’m a huge darts fan.
“We have a good darts school in Leicester. Many of the boys play, even the staff play.
“We take the board to away games and glue it the night before when we have free time and the level is decent.”
And when asked if he was at the top of the rankings, he said: “I don’t want to appear big-headed, but I am.
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“Luke Thomas, who is with me today, would say otherwise, but the standard is pretty good, to be fair.”
When asked if he gets 180s, Maddison replied, “Yeah, I’ve had a couple of 180s. Past the phase where I count how many I have. But it’s fun – we love darts.”
Maddison has spoken about his love of darts on numerous occasions and has even thrown a darts celebration after scoring a goal at Wolves in October.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers remained coy this week when asked about Maddison’s chances of playing on Monday, saying: “We will give him every chance to see where he is.
“He had some ongoing problems with his knee. We will check that.”
Maddison saw former champion Rob Cross advance to the third round of the PDC World Championship after defeating debutant Scott Williams.
He now plays against Mervyn King in round three.
Welshman Jonny Clayton advanced with a 3-0 win over Dutchman Danny van Trijp and will next face Brendan Dolan after beating Jimmy Hendriks 3-1.
Danny Noppert defeated David Cameron 3-1 while Joe Cullen defeated Ricky Evans and Ross Smith defeated Darius Labanauskas by the same score.
Chris Dobey celebrated a 3-0 win over Martijn Kleermaker while Martin Schindler defeated Martin Lukeman 3-1.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6984197/england-leicester-james-maddison-darts-world-championship-ally-pally/ England star and darts fan James Maddison enjoys the night at Ally Pally… but refused to drink a pint for the rowdy crowd