SOUTH­GATE ‘HEADACHE’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - World Cup Countdown - BY STEVE STAM­MERS

HARRY MAGUIRE hopes that he has given Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate a se­lec­tion headache.

The 24-year-old Le­ices­ter cen­tral de­fender made an im­pres­sive de­but at Wem­b­ley (above), and said: “All the boys here think they should be at in­ter­na­tional level.

“Don’t get me wrong, we have a lot of play­ers that are in­jured and I am sure they will come back into the next few camps.

“But the boys play­ing at the mo­ment are try­ing our best to give the man­ager a headache for se­lec­tion when it comes to the World Cup.”

And, to back up his ar­gu­ment, he listed the rook­ies who have given South­gate food for thought.

He said: “Jor­dan Pick­ford pulled off some great saves, Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek was the best player on the pitch, Joe Gomez came in and did well, and big Tammy Abra­ham had his chance and could maybe have scored.

“I have had a whirl­wind of a year. The worst thing was to get rel­e­gated from the Premier League with Hull. Then, I joined a great club like Le­ices­ter and got my first Eng­land call-up – prob­a­bly the proudest mo­ment of my life.”

He said of boss South­gate: “He told us be­fore the game that we were play­ing a good team, but he wanted us to be brave – brave on the ball.”

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