Leicester star Maddison revels in snooker action at Crucible

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Leicester star Maddison revels in snooker action at Crucible
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Leicester City star James Maddison swapped the green grass for the green baize of the Crucible on Friday, writes Ben Parsons.

Snooker fan Maddison hit the practice tables before supporting Judd Trump at the World Championship.

The Foxes midfielder worked on his cue action with Everton fan and 1991 world champion John Parrott.

He then watched the impressive Trump ease through to the second round with a 10-4 victory over Iranian qualifier Hossein Vafaei at the famous Sheffield theatre.

But Maddison cannot choose between Leicester’s hero Mark Selby and 2019 champion Trump.

“You cannot get a draw in snooker, can you?” he joked when asked to pick between the snooker stars.

“I’d like to see them both do well.”

Four-time Crucible king Selby and Trump inspire Maddison but he is not the only snooker fanatic in the Foxes squad.

He added: “We’ve got a few players at Leicester who like it and watch it and we get down to the local Riley’s to have a little go.

“I think Jamie Vardy is the best. He’s very good and Mark (Selby) sorted him out with a cue, top of the range.

“He’s got a snooker table in his house as well so he can practice.”

Maddison continued: “It is brilliant to come out of the football world and see the snooker players and watch them in action.”

“I just met Judd in London. Judd is a bit of a football fan and I am a snooker fan so I knew who he was.

“I had a little chat with him and he's a really nice guy. I am rooting for him.”

Trump was thrilled to have Maddison in his corner as he breezed through into the last 16.

“I’ve seen him out a few times in a few clubs," the world no.3 said.

"A few players have asked to come support me.

"Matty Cash came last year, James came this year and hopefully if I can get through the tournament there will be a few more.

“It’s always good to have people like that recognise what you do and he’s a real nice lad so it’s amazing to have him here.

“It’s completely different but I’m sure he appreciates how hard snooker is.”

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