England defender Harry Maguire has admitted that he can’t quite believe his rise from League One to England international, saying he has to pinch himself to make sure it’s all real.
Maguire came through the ranks at Sheffield United in 2011, making just five appearances in the Championship as the Blades tasted relegation to the third tier of English football. The following season Maguire established himself as a first team regular, going on to make 166 appearances for his hometown club before making the move to Hull City.
He helped the Tigers gain promotion from the Championship to the Premier League in 2016, and remained as a mainstay of their defence in the top flight, although he was unable to prevent their relegation. His performances for Hull attracted the attention of Leicester City, who snapped the defender up for £17m last summer.
His development would continue at the King Power, where he played in every single Premier League game for the Foxes and last season and would go on to become a key part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summers World Cup, as well as attracting the attentions of Manchester United.
Leicester refused to sell their star defender, despite figures of £85 million being banded around in the media, and despite him only being at the club for 12 months, have just handed him a new long-term deal.
Speaking about his rise to being one of England’s stars of the summer, ‘Slab head’ has said that he has to pinch himself to check that it’s not a dream:
“Obviously the last five or six years of football, I do pinch myself,” Maguire told BBC Radio 5Live.
“Playing in League One week in week out, then I get an England Under-21 call-up and I’m pinching myself with that.
“Then playing in Premier League, you pinch yourself again.
“The ladder just keeps going. It’s nice to sign a new deal at Leicester and to be rewarded for the great season we had last season as a team as well.”