Harry Maguire became England’s top-scoring centre-back on Monday night after bagging his seventh international goal in the convincing 10-0 triumph over San Marino.
The Three Lions sealed their World Cup berth in style with a stunning victory at San Marino Stadium.
Maguire opened the scoring after just six minutes with a header from a Phil Foden cross.
The centre-back bagged his second goal from as many international appearances.
It was his fifth Three Lions goal of the calendar year, which has seen him rewrite history.
The Manchester United star has now become the country’s all-time scoring centre-back, climbing above Terry and Charlton.
At 28-years-old, he has an excellent chance to further boost his goal tally.
Maguire has experienced a tough campaign with United. He has been guilty of squandering possession in key defensive situations, while his positioning in the box has also come under scrutiny.
Several pundits including Roy Keane hit out at him for cupping ears as part of his goal celebration against Albania last week. Maguire was more muted with his response after finding the net last night.
It has been a productive year for Maguire on the international stage with five goals.
He now has seven goals in 41 caps for Three Lions compared to just six from 120 appearances for United.
The level of opposition in the Premier League is generally much stiffer, but some United fans will be hoping that Maguire can provide a better scoring threat from set-pieces going forward.
Maguire’s confidence will have been boosted after recent displays. He now needs to step up for the Red Devils as they look to reverse their league fortunes over the festive run of fixtures.
The club have dropped five points adrift of the top four after picking up just four points from the last six games.
Their schedule is a tricky one with Chelsea and Arsenal to face in two of the next three games.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com.
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