Former Sheffield United defender and England World Cup star Harry Maguire has not forgotten his Sheffield roots as nation wakes up to ex-Blades talent

Former Sheffield United defender and England World Cup star Harry Maguire owes much to his Sheffield roots

“HE is possibly one of the most unaffected, humble, grounded blokes ever to pull on a Three Lions jersey,” writes David Jones of Harry Maguire in today’s Daily Mail.

The former Sheffield United defender has won the nation’s hearts and watching professional club manager’s minds during England’s steady progress to the this week’s World Cup semi-final meeting with Croatia in Moscow.

The media has also fallen in love with the grounded Leicester City defender whose character on and off the pitch mirror’s everything that the no-nonesense city where he grew up represents.

Mail writer Jones continues: “He is possibly one of the most unaffected, humble, grounded blokes ever to pull on a Three Lions jersey The plastic bag [which Maguire arrived with his kit in after being called up by England for the first time last August] typified Maguire’s laid-back outlook on life. For this 6ft 4in colossus, who set our hearts racing with that bullet-headed first goal in Saturday’s thrilling World Cup quarter-final victory over Sweden, is no Flash Harry.

“In fact, he is possibly one of the most unaffected, humble, grounded blokes ever to pull on a Three Lions jersey. Here is a £4million-a-year Premier League footballer who still buys terrace tickets to watch Sheffield United, the home-city team he once played for, and has supported since boyhood.

“A player whose patriotism (witness his vein-bulging celebration after netting that goal on Saturday) and boyish passion for the game is such that, in 2016, he travelled to France for the European Championships – not as a member of the England team, but as a supporter, with a group of mates.”