Harry Maguire confident England can handle the pressure at the World Cup

first_img 2 Maguire spoke to talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley 2 Maguire knows all about fan expectations having been a regular at Three Lions matches as a youngster – a habit he reprised two years ago when travelling to watch Euro 2016 with family and friends.The 25-year-old is now set to experience the other side of the equation and is tipped to pip Gary Cahill to a place in Gareth Southgate’s back three on Monday night.He told talkSPORT: “The country stops, especially when there’s a game on and England are playing in it.“As a fan I’ve been to watch numerous England games as a boy – they’re passionate, everyone loves the game. As professional footballers we feel more than capable of handling that pressure.“There are a lot of players in this squad who haven’t played in World Cups but we’re going to go in with no fear, really hungry and really attack this tournament.Maguire believes the competition in Southgate’s squad is healthy and whoever does miss out will throw their full weight behind the eleven men on the pitch. Harry Maguire knows the country will come to a halt when England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia.And although it is his first experience at a major tournament, the Leicester man is ready to handle the pressure. He added: “There’s competition in every position. Gareth’s picked a strong squad.“We’re all fighting for our shirt and hopefully the boys who do get selected go and do the business.“We all get on really well, there’s no bitterness. There’s a good atmosphere around the place.“I’m sure whoever does get selected, the other boys will be wanting them to go and do well for their country.”Maguire has arrived on the big stage in impressive fashion, just a year after being picked up by the Foxes following Hull’s relegation from the Premier League.“It’s been a whirlwind few years, a remarkable rise and something I’m very proud of,” he said.“To play for your country is the pinnacle of anyone’s football career, especially at a World Cup. But I’m in the moment, maybe in a few years you’ll look back at it and think of the memories, especially if they’re good ones.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2. Maguire is ready to do the business for England last_img read more