Harry Maguire is hoping to fulfil a boyhood dream this week following his first England call-up.
The Leicester City defender was named in the Three Lions squad to face Malta and Slovakia, after catching Gareth Southgate’s eye with his early-season form at the King Power Stadium and a strong campaign with Hull City last term.
- Malta v England
- 7.45pm, Friday 1 September 2017
- England v Slovakia
- 7.45pm, Monday 4 September
- Wembley Stadium connected by EE
And the 24-year-old admits it was a feeling worth remembering when he first heard he’d made the selection for September’s World Cup qualifiers.
“When you’re a young boy growing up and you want to be a footballer, the pick of the pile is always trying to play for your country,” said the former Sheffield United centre-back.
“You dream about it when you’re young, so to get the call-up is amazing.
“I’ve tried to concentrate on my club form to impress the scouts, manager and his staff and now I’ve got the call, it’s all about coming into the camp, settling in, getting experience and trying to prove myself.
“Towards the end of last season at Hull, there was a bit of talk about him [Southgate] coming to games, but then I picked up a little injury which meant I wasn’t able to come into the camp.
“But to see that Gareth was coming back to watch me gave me great confidence and motivation to work hard in the off-season and get back in great shape to start well for my new club.