The Three Lions’ defensive rock Harry Maguire explains how his world has changed since becoming a World Cup star!
How has your life changed since your sick World Cup?
HARRY SAYS: “I came back from the World Cup and still did the same things. I went to support my brothers, who play for Gainsborough Trinity and Chesterfield, in their pre-season, which I’ve always done throughout my life – although I’m signing a few more signatures and photos!”
It was a great summer for the country!
HARRY SAYS: “We had an unbelievable summer – I’m really proud of the memories we created. I still see clips and get that buzz, but I still have something inside me which is a bit disappointed too. It does make me feel a bit gutted to think we had one foot in the final of a World Cup. It was really special and we want to do it again!”
Do you understand the Nations League?
HARRY SAYS: “It is quite confusing! The boss tried to explain it to us as best he could before the Spain match, but we are trying to get our heads around it! I think he’s got his head around it now, but it took a lot of studying! As players, we just try to win and see where it takes us.”
You’re always playing the top teams!
HARRY SAYS: “Yeah, if you look at the last six or seven friendlies, they’ve been against unbelievable opposition. In every game we’ve competed and matched the top teams. The Nations League will be a big test for us now, and will show how far we’ve come. We’re all ready for the challenge!”
Is it weird not having Jamie Vardy around anymore?
HARRY SAYS: “The England camp’s a bit quieter in terms of banter, but he’s made the decision and hopefully that can make him perform even better for Leicester! He’s proved over the last three years in the Premier League, averaging well over 15 goals a season, that he’s a top striker. To finish on a WC semi-final is special.”
And now you’ve signed a new deal at Leicester!
HARRY SAYS: “They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League after I’d just been relegated with Hull. It’s a club that I’m really enjoying my time at. I play week-in, week-out and that’s something that’s really important to me. They gave me a platform to go and play at
You made a goalscoring start to the season!
HARRY SAYS: “The goal against Southampton was quite strange, to be honest! I think the last time I scored from outside the box was when I was at Sheffield United! Obviously I like to step out with the ball and play, and thankfully I found the bottom corner. Hopefully I can contribute a little bit more with goals this season.”
Have you set yourself a goals target?
HARRY SAYS: “It’s something that I do feel I need to start contributing more to, but no, I haven’t set a target. As a centre-half, the main thing first and foremost is to defend well. But if I can get around five goals this season
I will be happy. You’ve just helped set me that target, so I’ll see how I go!”