The importance of Harry Maguire for England this summer

When Leicester City signed Harry Maguire for an initial £12 million fee from Hull City last summer, I was quietly suggesting that this may well be the bargain of the transfer window.

Having watched Maguire ply his trade as a youngster at Sheffield United, and then followed him closely again at Hull City – I knew what a pure talent Leicester had on their hands here.

It wasn’t long before England National Manager Gareth Southgate rewarded his quality and immediately bought him into the International ranks, knowing the importance of getting him experienced in that area before the fast approaching World Cup this summer.

Because Southgate, like me, see’s Maguire as one of his most essential members of his defence, and rightly so. At only 25-years of age, the Sheffield born defender has all the assets to become a world class modern day centre back. He is a perfect type of defender to play in the modern day back three. I genuinely believe that Southgate already has Maguire penned in as one of his first names on the England team-sheet this summer.

This England side lack top class ball playing defenders, and in football today and the type of style that Southgate is looking to use this summer, Maguire ticks all the boxes.

Not only is he a great ball player, he is strong in the tackle, good in the air and reads the game superbly. He has that all round aspect to his game where you know he could do a job anywhere on the pitch.

Maguire plays a respectful game with great maturity, he loves his football and is a real competitor. He has that old fashioned lion heart desire, but fully equipped with new age footballing talent – creating a dream combination for England, and of course in the premier league this season for Leicester City.

I believe that he will be the core of that England defence in Russia this summer, and he will be hugely important to Southgate’s campaign and for the future of the International side. Although Leicester fans will hate to hear this, I can only see him becoming subject to record breaking offers from around the globe, especially if he has the World Cup that I fully expect him to have.

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