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Gary Neville wonders if fans would still love Harry Maguire if he joined Liverpool, City or United

Gary Neville has hailed Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.

Gary Neville during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

England defender Harry Maguire impressed against Switzerland on Sunday afternoon – and pundit Gary Neville has hailed his impact when talking to Sky Sports.

The Three Lions played out a 0-0 draw with Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League clash, with the teams battling for third place in the competition in Guimaraes.

Gareth Southgate’s men rattled the woodwork time after time but just couldn’t score, and the game went all the way to penalties, with England coming out on top.

 

Whilst it wasn’t vintage England, defender Maguire stood strong as one of the key performers, both defensively and having smashed home a superb penalty in the shoot-out.

Maguire, 26, has established himself as England’s number one centre back now, particularly impressing alongside Liverpool‘s Joe Gomez against Switzerland after a shaky showing against the Netherlands with John Stones.

The Leicester star is a wanted man, with Manchester City and Manchester United going head to head in an £80million battle according to The Sun, and pundit Neville has praised the popular centre back.

Neville believes that Maguire has all the attributes of a top centre back, but added that he wonders whether the England fans would love him quite as much if he went on to sign for Liverpool, City or United this summer, feeling his loveable sheen may be removed with such a move.

Harry Maguire of England controls the ball during the UEFA Nations League Third Place Playoff match between Switzerland and England at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on June 9, 2019 in...

“If you think of the attributes for a centre back, he has them in abundance,” said Neville. “Leicester fans won’t thank me for saying it, but they’re gonna get put under real pressure this summer to keep him.”

“One thing I was thinking, was that the England fans must have sung his name during the game maybe 10 or 15 times. I wonder how that will be if he goes to Liverpool, or Manchester United, or Manchester City, and he becomes a player that’s playing for one of the clubs that are, to be fair, more disliked at the top of the league. I wonder whether he’ll get that same love,” he added.

Liverpool may love to pair Maguire with Virgil van Dijk, but it seems unlikely they’ll spend such a huge fee on him. Instead, they’ll look to develop Joe Gomez, but Reds fans may still hope to see Maguire arrive at Anfield – and we’ll see just how England fans take to Maguire if he does move on to Liverpool or any other big club.

Harry Maguire of England gestures during the UEFA Nations League Third Place Playoff match between Switzerland and England at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on June 9, 2019 in Guimaraes,...

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