SHEFFIELD UNITED: Young Harry Maguire is certainly not for turning

Impressed: Neill Collins has praise a-plenty for Harry Maguire
Impressed: Neill Collins has praise a-plenty for Harry Maguire

ONE of the attributes people touch on when discussing Harry Maguire is that he has managed to remain a level-headed young man amidst the praise showered on him for the good start to his career at Sheffield United.

His centre back colleague Neill Collins doesn’t expect that to alter even though the 19-year-old has just had his first taste of the international scene.

Many’s the young head that has been turned by a call from their country; sometimes even the merest involvement.

But Collins is confident that his young teammate won’t fall into that trap and he has joined in the praise and delight around Bramall Lane following Maguire’s England U21 recognition this week.

“It is recognition that is well deserved and, I have to say, there’s no bigger fan than me,” admitted Collins to the club’s official website. “He’s level headed and that helps him produce consistent performances. Harry has taken his chance so well.

“Yes, there have been slips like everyone does but he has always learned from them and recovered.”

The Collins’ words have been echoed elsewhere and, for Maguire, it was the first step onto the international and wholly invaluable experience.

He played for just the final half-hour at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday - watched by Danny Wilson who went across to show his support as his manager - but it is purely the involvement at that level and experiencing all such involvement entails, that will prove invaluable to him.

It will have given the England staff a good, close up look at him as well and, during the build-up, the chance to work with him and make additional assessment. Hopefully, it means he will be on the radar for the future.

Meanwhile, the club’s young goalkeeper George Willis has also been away with England’s age group squad at the new FA Centre at Burton this week.

The 17-year-old has played at U17 level for England and once for the Under 19s.