SHEFFIELD UNITED: Harry Maguire tips George Long for England call

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HARRY Maguire believes Sheffield United teammate George Long is destined to follow in his footsteps and become an England under-21 international.

Maguire made his debut for Stuart Pearce’s young lions against Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

And, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One encounter with Stevenage, the centre-half predicted it is only a matter of time before goalkeeper Long receives a call-up too. “One day George will be in there as well,” Maguire said. “I definitely think that will happen.

“He’s a really good size and a great shot-stopper. We all know here the ability George has got and he’ll get even better too.”

Long, strong favourite to be named League One’s Young Player of the Month for October this morning, has kept five clean sheets since replacing the injured Mark Howard last month.

Aged 19, he has already won representative honours at under-18 level.

However, with George Willis forced off during United’s FA Youth Cup defeat at Rochdale in midweek, manager Danny Wilson could opt not to name a substitute goalkeeper on the bench against Gary Smith’s side if Long’s deputy fails to recover in time.

Danny Coyne, the former Middlesbrough and Wales veteran, began training at Shirecliffe soon after Howard was diagnosed with a muscle problem.

Wilson, nominated for the division’s Manager of the Month award, confirmed defenders Tony McMahon and Matt Hill are also doubtful tomorrow.