‘Won the game already’: Harry Maguire names Tottenham and West Ham stars in his ultimate five-a-side team
The mood among the England camp appears to be high, a feature of all of Gareth Southgate’s tournament squads.
The team are still unbeaten having finished top of Group B.
Back-to-back clean sheets against the USA and Wales have set up a last-16 tie against Senegal.
John Stones is likely to be Maguire’s partner at the back once again on Sunday.
Maguire named the Man City defender in his five-a-side team alongside himself at the back.
The 29-year-old also put Cristiano Ronaldo in his team, the only player not in the England squad to make the cut.
Maguire names his ultimate five-a-side team
Speaking on the Lions’ Den, Maguire was asked to make up his team just from players he’s played against.
“Stonesy at the back,” Maguire said.
“I’d go for Kane up top, whenever we play five-a-side he’s top goalscorer every time.
“Cristiano in there. Those two together, you’ve won the game already.
“I’d put myself in there. And then I’d go with a midfielder, I’d go with Declan Rice.
“He protects everything doesn’t he. We’ll let Ronnie and H go and score the goals.”
Despite being asked to pick just players he’s played against, all four of Maguire’s choices are current teammates.
He’s also failed to pick a goalkeeper, although it would be hard to get through a back three of Rice, Maguire and Stones.
Rice has plenty of fans, including former Man United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
His mix of defensive and technical attributes would make him a very good five-a-side player.
Harry Kane would act as a long-range goal threat, given his pinpoint shooting accuracy and fantastic playmaking ability.
It wouldn’t be important in Maguire’s five-a-side team, but Southgate may be concerned about his fitness.