Men of steel – Sheffield United talent factory forged backbone of England World Cup defence writes Matt Barlow of ex- Blades in Daily Mail

Men of steel – Sheffield United talent factory forged backbone of England World Cup defence writes Matt Barlow of ex- Blades in Daily Mail

TODAY’S Daily Mail features Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire under the headline ‘Men of Steel – How Sheffield United’s talent factory forged the backbone of England’s World Cup defence’. A fascinating interview with Ron Reid, the club’s former Academy manager.

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Astonishing attack on England and former Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker from ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Astonishing attack on England and former Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker from ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

KYLE WALKER, one of three Yorkshiremen and two ex-Blades who started England’s record-breaking World Cup romp against Panama, and among the six who finished it, has come under an extraordinary attack from Arsenal’s former boss Arsene Wenger.

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Ex-Blades Walker and Maguire are real deal on World Cup stage but have not forgotten roots at Sheffield United

Ex-Blades Walker and Maguire are real deal on World Cup stage but have not forgotten roots at Sheffield United

KYLE WALKER and Harry Maguire, two ex-Blades and lifelong fans in a South Yorkshire-born England World Cup back three, this week made Sheffield United and the city proud. Victory in opening group group match against Tunisia didn’t quite go to plan for Walker. But he won enormous credit for the way in which he publicly dealt with a difficult situation.

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Maguire World Cup dream closer as ex-Sheffield United stars lead South Yorkshire's Fab Five in England triumph, a remarkable feat for the football crazy region

Maguire World Cup dream closer as ex-Sheffield United stars lead South Yorkshire's Fab Five in England triumph, a remarkable feat for the football crazy region

SHEFFIELD-BORN Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker were two of five outfield players from South Yorkshire who at one point were on the field at the same time as England beat Holland in a friendly in Amsterdam. Blades fans and former Sheffield United stars Maguire and Walker, are set to be named in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad for Russia. Jamie Vardy, another Sheffield-born player, is expected to be there too.

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder reveals remaining transfer strategy and makes plea for co-owners to release share of Kyle Walker cash windfall

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder reveals remaining transfer strategy and makes plea for co-owners to release share of Kyle Walker cash windfall

CHRIS WILDER has revealed his remaining transfer strategy and is confident it will work in time for his Sheffield United squad's imminent re-entry into the Championship. That could be helped along by some of the cash windfall from ex-Blades Kyle Walker's £45million transfer to Manchester City and the Blades boss is ready to ask the club's owners the question.

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