Published 05 July 2021 2 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Praise be to Southgate

Written by:

Tom Dean

Harry Maguire sits down with the media to preview Denmark 
Harry Maguire was singing the praises of his manager on Monday as the squad prepares for a second successive major semi-final under Gareth Southgate. 

The Manchester United defender was once again on the scoresheet at a major tournament on Saturday night and helped his side keep a fifth consecutive clean sheet in the competition at the other end. 

Since his debut back in 2017, Maguire has become one of the most reliable members of Southgate’s squad and the centre-back has every faith in his boss. 

“Ever since I made my England debut Gareth has been brilliant," Maguire told the media on Monday. 

“He usually sits here and gives us all the plaudits but we appreciate the job that he’s doing. 

“I can’t speak highly enough of Gareth and his coaching staff and the way that he’s gone about his business over the last four years. 

“It’s hard to please everyone with the way he sets us up and the team selection but we trust that whatever style of play he wants to go with, is the best one for the job.” 
Maguire climbs highest to thump home a header and register England's second goal against Ukraine
Maguire climbs highest to thump home a header and register England's second goal against Ukraine
Standing in England’s way of reaching a first major final since winning the FIFA World Cup in 1966 is Denmark, who have endured their own rollercoaster ride this summer. 

Kasper Hjulmand’s side got off to a slow start as they recovered following the loss of their talisman, Christian Eriksen, but knockout victories over Wales and Czech Republic saw them into their first semi-final since winning the competition in 1992.

Maguire will meet a familiar face from his Leicester City days in Kasper Schmeichel and is confident England have done enough preparation to know what to expect from the Danes. 

“Their journey has been really inspiring and all our thoughts have always been with Christian [Eriksen] and his recovery,” said Maguire. 

“They’re a good team though and they’ve proved that over the last few years, they’ll be the highest ranked team we’ve faced so far at the competition so we know they’re strong. 

“Kasper is a fantastic player in the way that he handles himself on and off the pitch - I still speak to him from time to time but I won’t be chatting to him before Wednesday. 

“They’ve got great experience and great leaders so we know it’ll be tough but we’re just focused on ourselves.