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Maguire: My idol Ferdinand had everything

10 Jul 2018

Leicester centre-back and England World Cup star on how he idolised Man Utd defender and Chelsea's John Terry

With his combination of power in the air and comfort with the ball at his feet, Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has played a starring role in England's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

So it is no surprise that he idolised two of the Premier League's greatest centre-backs who embodied those qualities.

John Terry's aerial prowess helped him win four titles and score 41 goals as Chelsea's captain, but Maguire admits it was Rio Ferdinand, who was a league champion on six occasions with Manchester United, who had the greatest influence on his style of play.

"The two greatest centre-halves when I was growing up were John Terry and Rio Ferdinand," said Maguire, who was speaking at his previous club Hull City in 2016/17.

"I really looked up to them, especially Rio Ferdinand, because he brought the ball out of defence really well. Very comfortable on the ball and he had a bit of everything in his prime. A great centre-half in his time."

Maguire, who scored the opener in England's 2-0 quarter-final victory over Sweden on Saturday, will hope to help the Three Lions reach the World Cup final for only the second time when they face Croatia on Wednesday.

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