England hero James Maddison to wear boots in tribute to tragic young girl who died from bone cancer aged just five


JAMES MADDISON has custom-made boots in tribute to his “best friend” after she died of cancer in January, aged five.

The Leicester City star, 22, will wear them when he plays for England at the European Under-21 Championship.

James Maddison shared a picture of the boots with his 81,000 Twitter followers
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The boots also feature a photograph of his celebration in tribute to Sophie Taylor
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Maddison became close friends with Sophie Taylor, who battled a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, when he played for Norwich.

He kept in close contact with the youngster and even visited her after he completed his switch to the Foxes last summer.

After she sadly passed away in January, the Manchester United target attended her funeral then dedicated his goal against Burnley to her.

And he will continue to honour Sophie when the Young Lions travel to Italy this month.

Puma have created him a one-off pair of boots that have a large photograph of the five-year-old printed on them.

The eye-catching black and green design has been completed with a snap of him celebrating in a top which read: “RIP Sophie I Love You.”

Maddison shared pictures of the boots to his Twitter page with the caption: “The unbelievably special football boots I will be wearing during the European Championship for @England.


“My best friend is always with me. @SuperStrongSoph. Thank you so much for the surprise @pumafootball.”

Norwich loanee Matt Jarvis replied: “Incredible tribute and huge respect.”

While another fan responded: “I have seen some tributes and lots of football boots but never in my life have I seen such a combination. Wow they are pretty special. Nice touch.”

James Maddison with Sophie Taylor before a match at the King Power Stadium
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James Maddison dedicated his goal against Burnley in March to Sophie Taylor
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