Pundits and fans pile praise on Harry Maguire after England’s victory over Colombia

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Pundits and fans pile praise on Harry Maguire after England’s victory over Colombia

After England’s dramatic World Cup penalty shootout win over Colombia former Hull City defender Harry Maguire is fast becoming the darling of the nation.

Playing alongside John Stones and Kyle Walker, the 25-year-old once again turned in yet another towering display to keep the tricky Colombian Falcao quiet over 120 minutes of action at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

Maguire may not have been one of the Three Lions’ penalty heroes but his performance didn’t go unnoticed in the post-match autopsy with fans and pundits alike seemingly lining up to pile praise on the Yorkshireman.

Let’s be honest, those City fans who have watched Maguire progress over the years will know that it was never in doubt.

“He deserved a special mention,” said former England full-back Gary Neville on ITV.

“Sometimes you think about a performance where someone goes from being ‘Are you sure about him? Is he going to be good enough?’ to being a centre-back with a performance like that.

“It was absolutely brilliant, the courage and stepping in to midfield was absolutely fantastic.”

Ian Wright echoed Neville’s sentiment: “I remember watching him when he played for Sheffield United and he would get the ball and go through the whole team.

“Sheffield United fans were cheering and they would big him up, the way he passed the ball and ran with the ball.

“He does it at this level, tried the runs out the back, runs through midfield and take chances with his passes. We need that.”

It’s fair to say social media was awash with praise for the former Tigers man as well. Here’s some of the best.

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