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Harry Maguire’s heatmap was a joy to behold after England win over Tunisia

Harry Maguire might just have created the false five role

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.


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The smell of success

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The smell of success

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 the Marauder

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Maguire the Marauder

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.

Try stopping him

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Try stopping him