Harry Maguire: the remarkable rise of England’s unlikely new hero

10 July, 2018, 08:01 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Harry Kane praised for response to Ben Williams

London, July 9 England's 1966 World Cup hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst says Gareth Southgate's young team can match the achievement of Alf Ramsey's men and go all the way in Russian Federation.

Croatia will appear in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 20 years when they take on England at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

"When I was watching him during the season I was so keen that he stayed fit because I thought this was a stage I was certain he could show he could play at", Southgate said after Maguire scored his first global goal in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden.

England midfielder Dele Alli admits that he is "enjoying" the ride in Russian Federation and hopes to continue bringing the nation together by reaching the World Cup final.

"We looked composed", England captain Harry Kane said.

"Probably one big difference is that we had four genuine world-class players in Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves (who did not play in the final)".

The year is 1990 and the World Cup is being held in Italy.

"It's felt like a good holiday we've been on, no boredom at all, (we're) enjoying every moment of it".

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Kane is the frontman of this England squad in more ways than one, shouldering an admirable amount of the public interest and expectation, rarely ducking the spotlight and chipping in with the small matter of six goals - more than anyone else in the competition.

"We wanted to play good football, we wanted to work hard, play with a passion and I thought we've done that".

Best of luck and let us know how you do.

No? Well one of the original names for Southgate station was touted to be Chase Side - and Gareth Southgate manages a SIDE that's CHASING the World Cup.

"I think you can see that in the way that we play, the way that we fight for each other".

"To inspire kids watching this tournament is unbelievable because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England". In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.

"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs".

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