Manchester United captain Harry Maguire’s fantastic Euro 2020 continued as England reached the final.
England won in extra-time win against Denmark in a hard-fought game which saw both sides give their all. A late rebounded penalty from Harry Kane was the difference.
At the back England were superb. While the penalty was fortunate, England were the better side and this was partly thanks to the defensive solidity of the Three Lions.
It was at this end Harry Maguire was simply outstanding. England have still not conceded a single goal from open play, with Denmark netting direct from a free-kick.
Maguire put in a dominant performance through the 120 minutes and this helped England have 58 per cent of possession, consistently repelling Denmark’s attacks in the second half.
Maguire’s numbers reflect his dominance
Maguire won 13 duels in total while making a total of 112 touches.
He won nine aerial battles, which was the same as Denmark’s entire back five combined.
Maguire also made five interceptions: also the same number as Denmark’s defence combined.
The United defender was one of only three England players to manage two or more shots on target.
Even in a frantic game Maguire also managed to complete 90 per cent of his passes. While doing so he played 82 passes, the highest number of any player on the pitch.
England’s leader at the back
Harry Kane may be England’s captain in name but Harry Maguire is the team’s real leader.
The United skipper has struck up a solid partnership with John Stones and they rarely looked troubled by Denmark last night.
Even after going a goal down, you never got the sense England would panic.
Part of this was down to Maguire and Shaw, who bounced back with United so many times last season. No doubt they were both a big calming influence.
The Euro 2020 final is on Sunday and England face a big test against a confident Italy side. But with Maguire and Shaw playing so well, England have a real chance.
Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho may even have a part to play too. It would be great for one of them to have the decisive moment.
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