Happy as Harry af­ter a year to re­mem­ber

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By STEVE MIL­LAR

HARRY MAGUIRE’S head is spin­ning af­ter a “whirl­wind” of a year ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the heart­break­ing lows and heart-pump­ing highs.

The huge down of be­ing rel­e­gated with Hull City was fol­lowed by the in­cred­i­ble up of join­ing Le­ices­ter City in a £17mil­lion deal in the sum­mer.

And an Eng­land call-up against world cham­pi­ons Ger­many on Fri­day night com­pleted his self-con­fessed “crazy” year.

Now, Maguire, 24, be­lieves the high-level per­for­mances of the rook­ies brought in by Gareth South­gate for the 0-0 draw at Wem­b­ley will give the Eng­land boss a mas­sive se­lec­tion headache.

Maguire, Tammy Abra­ham and Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek are hap­pily stak­ing claims ahead of next year’s World Cup in Rus­sia.

Maguire said: “Yes, it’s been a crazy year. I have had a whirl­wind. The worst thing was to get rel­e­gated from the Premier League and then to join a great club like Le­ices­ter and get my first Eng­land call-up.

“It’s prob­a­bly the proud­est mo­ment of my life. I am here and ev­ery time I wear the shirt I will give my best and work hard for the team.

“All the new boys who came in have added some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“Those mak­ing de­buts or who just had one, two or three caps, give the man­ager a headache for se­lec­tion when it comes to the World Cup.”

Maguire is still on a learn­ing curve but has had cen­tre-back guid­ance from ex­pe­ri­enced de­fend­ers all his life.

He added: “I have been for­tu­nate to work with some great play­ers in my po­si­tion. When I was at Sh­effield United, I played with Neil Collins and Chris Mor­gan, two very ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre-halves.

“Then I moved to Hull and Steve Bruce was there and Michael Daw­son was play­ing along­side me.

“Now I have come to Eng­land with Gareth and at Le­ices­ter I’ve got Rob Huth and Wes Mor­gan, who are among the best in the Premier League.

“So it has been good for my de­vel­op­ment. It is a priv­i­lege to play for Eng­land and it gives you a lot of con­fi­dence.”

WHIRL­WIND: Harry Maguire

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