Did you know that Harry Maguire’s first name is Jacob? You do now.
Not satisfied with playing his first World Cup game, Jacob Harry Maguire actually finessed a new role during England’s 2-1 win against Tunisia.
With one assist, three shots, one left-wing dribble, seven aerial duels won and an 88% pass success rate to boot Maguire excelled in the false five role.
Yep, you read that right.
First Spain won Euro 2012 with a false nine, now England are going to win the 2018 World Cup with a false five.
Remember where you heard it first.
Just look at his heatmap. Another reminder- this is a centre-back, and an English one at that.
Maguire also had more touches on the ball than any other England player. Defender first, playmaker joint-first. He’s the type of lad who would probably do a surprisingly good job in goal if needed.
It was his flick-on that allowed Harry Kane to pinch a last-minute winner and settle any opening World Cup nerves.
Supporting England at a major tournament is never easy. But with Maguire’s massive forehead at the back, middle and front it’s looking a whole lot more comfortable.