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Harry Maguire transforms into an actual magnet during first half against Tunisia

The Leicester centre-back was absolutely everywhere, getting his head to clearances and playing pinpoint passes

You know how the majority of footballers tend to also look like actual footballers.

Cristiano Ronaldo, for example.

Harry Maguire does not fall into that category one bit.


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Our hero, our mate

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Our hero, our mate

But that’s exactly why we love him so much.

The Leicester centre-back has come on leaps and bounds in the last 18 months or so, going from a relegated side to starting a World Cup in a flash.

Gareth Southgate made the bold call to pick Maguire over the experienced head of Gary Cahill in his back three, and the Foxes man fully vindicated the move in the first half against Tunisia.

Because Maguire was absolutely everywhere in the first 45 minutes.

Sheffield Maldini

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Sheffield Maldini

He was either getting his enormous beach ball-like head to every long clearance the Tunisians attempted or slotting beautiful, forward-thinking passes into his team-mates feet in promising positions.

Even when he did have a momentary lapse in concentration, losing possession in a dangerous area, he recovered to get a vital block in on the Tunisian shot.

A snapshot of one of his 968 first half headers

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A snapshot of one of his 968 first half headers

Unfortunately for England Kyle Walker was nowhere near as composed as his team-mate, conceding a calamitous penalty to hand Tunisia the chance to equalise after Harry Kane’s opener.

Maguire though was lapping up the plaudits online, even drawing comparisons with the great Paolo Maldini: