Former Liverpool star Adam Lallana has admitted he misjudged Manchester United captain Harry Maguire and called him “world class” after his performances at Euro 2020.
Maguire joined Manchester United from Leicester on an £ 80million deal in 2019 and has seen his performances more than ever come under the microscope. He has since received the captain’s armband and has always played at a level which has seen him become key to the England national team as well.
Lallana has played alongside Maguire for England in the past and the current Brighton playmaker has now admitted that he initially misjudged the 28-year-old defender.
Speaking in her Times column, Lallana said: “I misjudged Harry Maguire. I don’t mind admitting it.
“I always thought he was a very good player, but what this tournament has shown me, and I hope others, is that he is at the next level: a proven defender in class global.
“One of the things that was extremely impressive about his performance was the fact that he came back to the team after being injured for six weeks. Having suffered injuries, I can attest to how difficult it is.
“You lack rhythm, you feel a little vulnerable, and so having the impact that Harry had on one of the biggest stages illustrates not only his abilities but his mentality as well.”
Maguire injured his ankle ligaments playing for United at the end of the season and ended up missing the Europa League final as well as England’s first two group matches at Euro 2020.
Since returning to the team, he has been flawless, even scoring in the quarter-final victory over Ukraine.
It is set to start on Sunday for the Three Lions against Italy, where England have the chance to win their first major international trophy since 1966.