Manchester United captain Harry Maguire made his 50th appearance for England last night, at the World Cup against the United States.

It was not the greatest night for the Three Lions overall, as they put in a drab performance and were arguably fortunate not to lose the game.

The fact they didn’t had a lot to do with the performance of Maguire, who was perhaps the best player on the pitch in a white shirt.

After the game, Gareth Southgate paid tribute to the central defender, who he has stuck with through thick and thin.

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He said: “I am so pleased with the way we built from the back and they make it really difficult to build. We have had problems with that in the past.

“Our two centre-backs with the ball were absolutely outstanding. I don’t think people appreciate how good they are and they defended their box brilliantly.”

After the game, Maguire took to Instagram to celebrate his achievement and there were plenty of messages of congratulations in the comments.

United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney paid tribute to Maguire, and so did Jude Bellingham, who Erik ten Hag will hope is at Old Trafford next season.

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Fair play to Maguire, he has never let England down at a tournament and he produced another huge performance last night.

He won everything in the air, he was assured in possession and he helped marshall England’s backline to a much-needed clean sheet.

That is no mean feat given his lack of gametime at United this season, where he has really struggled badly for form and fitness.

Next up for England is a clash with Wales and if they win that game, they win the group, with progression to the knockout rounds all but secured anyway.

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