England news: Maguire inspired by Southgate

1 year ago

In the latest England news, defender Harry Maguire says he is growing in confidence working under Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions take on Tunisia on Monday evening looking to get their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start.

They have impressed in recent friendly victories against Nigeria and Costa Rica, and there is a general feeling of optimism around the camp with Southgate having assembled one of the youngest squads in the tournament.

Maguire looks to have got the nod ahead of Gary Cahill and is expected to start in a back three formation in Volgograd alongside Manchester City duo John Stones and Kyle Walker.

And the Leicester City man says the new formation and Southgate’s management style have given him confidence ahead of the game.

“Ever since Gareth has picked me in the squad he’s shown great faith in me, in terms of wanting me to come out with the ball and it shows [he has] great confidence in our ability,” the 25-year-old said.

“As a squad we are trying to get used to the formation he’s selected to try and play and I think the more we play it the better we will become at it.

“He’s definitely given us the confidence – especially the two outside centre backs – to step in and join the attack and get as many bodies forwards as we can to cause great problems for the opposition.”

Maguire will earn his sixth cap for his country should he start as expected against Tunisia.

Southgate has already told the players who is in the starting XI but has not yet disclosed it to the media.

England are hot favourites for the game against the African qualifiers and are available at 4/9 on Betfair.