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HARRY Maguire told his Sheffield United team mates - ‘I couldn’t have done this without you’ - after fulfilling his international dream.

Maguire made his England under-21 debut as a second-half substitute during last night’s victory over Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road.

Despite describing himself as “very, very proud,” the centre-half’s first thoughts were for his colleagues back at Bramall Lane.

“I’d just like to thank them all,” Maguire said. “Because if they hadn’t helped me so much then I wouldn’t be here.

“I’ve played with Collo (Neill Collins) all year and he’s been absolutely brilliant with me. The manager (Danny Wilson), (assistant) Frank (Barlow) and (coach) Morgs (Chris Morgan) too.

“They’ve taught me so much as have all of the rest of the lads. Everyone on the staff too.

“So I really do owe them a lot. I’ve learned so much from them and I’m still learning from them all the time.”

Maguire, who replaced Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom after an hour of the 2-0 win, added: “I’m really proud. It was a really proud moment. It was my first time with England and I was nervous coming in because it’s a different group of people to what I’m used to but all of the lads here and the staff too have been great. They’ve really helped me settle in.

“I got told to warm-up just after half-time because I was going to be coming on. It was like my first day at school.”