Harry Maguire is an English professional who plays as a centre-back for Manchester United as well as the England national team. He is the current holder of the captain’s armband at Old Trafford.
Earlier, on 24th August 2017, Maguire was included by England manager Gareth Southgate in the national side for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. In October 2017, he made his senior debut, and he was chosen for the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
Ever since then, Maguire has had 37 international caps and four goals under his belt for the national team. Maguire was a part of the England team which was runners-up at UEFA European Championship 2020 while bagging a Bronze in the UEFA Nations League 2018-19.
Apart from his international career, the aggressive and Fierce centre-back has had an impressive track record at the club level as well. Before making a move to Manchester United in 2019, Maguire represented several clubs. For Sheffield United, he made 166 appearances scoring 12 goals. He was their Player of the Year three consecutive times, also featuring in the PFA Team of the Year for League One as many times.
In 2014 he transferred to Hull City before being loaned to Wigan Athletic in 2015. He then joined Leicester City in 2017. However, two years later he shifted to Manchester United for a fee believed to be £80 million, a world-record amount for a defender, and within six months was appointed the club captain. Overall in 107 appearances for Manchester United, he has belted five goals.
England’s road to the final and Maguire’s valuable contribution to the Three Lions
England had booked their spot at the recently conducted Euro 2020 courtesy of seven wins out of eight games in qualifying Group A, scoring 37 goals in those encounters. The Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate had released a 26-man squad including the United Pair of centre-backs Luke Shaw & Harry Maguire.
In their Euro 2020 campaign, Maguire played a crucial role in England’s road to their first-ever Euro Finals. He was awarded as the Star of the match for a brilliant display in the Round of 16 win against Germany. On July 3, he scored his second England goal against Ukraine in a 4-0 quarterfinal win.
With him backing the defence unit, England didn’t concede a goal up until the Semi-Finals, where they won against Denmark. They had the best defensive record with a 100% clean sheet up until the Finals stages. Facing the mighty Italians in the finals, England drew 1-1 after 120 minutes. During the penalty shootout, Maguire scored England’s second penalty. However, England would lose 3–2.
In all, the Centre-back played 5 matches in that tournament for England. He had a goal to his name with a 92% passing accuracy courtesy of completing 341 passes off 369. With 6 successful tackles, he had 34 balls recovered and 25 proper clearances. He had a remarkable run at the Euro 2020. His stellar performances during the tournament earned him a place in the UEFA Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament.
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