Southgate praises Maguire's performance
Gareth Southgate has praised England defender Harry Maguire after his performance in England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.
Maguire, who plays his club football at Leicester City, was preferred to Gary Cahill as one of three centre-backs to start England’s world cup opener in Volgograd.
The 25-year-old looked comfortable in his first tournament appearance and Southgate hopes that will give him plenty of confidence going forward.
“His potential is huge,” he said on Maguire.
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“He’s probably the one player - him and Pickford - who haven't played in cup finals on the big stage or Champions League games in the past, so maybe, for him, it was more of a voyage of discovery tonight than for some of the others.
“He has great composure - he has really good defensive qualities, most things land on his bonce in both penalty areas.
“He's got a really lovely calm temperament. I think that he has outstanding potential, I hope tonight's given him a lot of belief.”
Maguire, who started his career at Sheffield United and had a spell at Hull City, will hope to retain his place in England’s second Group G fixture against Panama on Sunday.