Nobody should doubt Harry Maguire anymore as Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson likened his teammate to Virgil van Dijk.
The Old Trafford captain, who is the world’s most expensive defender at £80million, has played a vital role in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final.
And Henderson is adamant Maguire’s consistent form for club and country puts him among the elite.
Van Dijk is regarded as one of football’s best defenders and Maguire, who is trying to help England land Euro 2020 glory, should be getting similar recognition.
“How can you doubt Harry Maguire? Nobody can doubt him,” Henderson asked talkSPORT, live from the final against Italy.
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“He plays every single game for Manchester United, the biggest football club in the world and no matter what he gives his best.
“Unfortunately you can’t play outstanding in every game because nobody is perfect, but Harry is a top centre-half.
“I’d put him in the same category as Virgil van Dijk, and I’ll be proven right in the next couple of years, because he’s only going to get better and better.”
talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham, speaking to Henderson at Wembley’s BOXPARK then asked Henderson: “Wow, are you his agent?”
Laughing, Henderson joked: “I’d get him a new deal… I’d get a slice though!”
Henderson started Euro 2020 as England’s no.2 goalkeeper, but was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a hip injury.
The 24-year-old has revealed he was unable to even dive for the ball because of his injury.
He said: “Listen, after last season it was very difficult for me.
“I worked every day, day in and day out, I was grinding down to get into that team at Man United.
“I went through every brick wall I could get through, I fought hard and when I got through into the team I was shattered, I was exhausted.
“I was mentally tired, I’d done everything right to get into the team but I’d used up all my energy worrying about getting into the team.
“So when I got into the team I had a good little run and then got injured and then I struggled.
“But I didn’t want to give my place up with the Euros in sight and with what I’d done to get my shirt, so I went into the Euros.
“I so wanted to be fit, so I came in with a brave face on, but I couldn’t dive. When I came into training I couldn’t dive, I broke down after a week and I was devastated.”