Michael Dawson insists he at all times knew Harry Maguire can be considered one of soccer’s elite gamers.
The pair have been teammates at Hull and Dawson watched his good friend – the now Manchester United captain – rating in England’s 4-Zero thrashing of Ukraine to arrange a Euro 2020 semi-final conflict with Denmark.
Not that he was shocked to see him play so effectively in such an enormous sport. The pair spent three seasons collectively at Hull City earlier than Maguire joined Leicester in 2017.
Two years on the King Energy Stadium then satisfied Manchester United to make him the world’s costliest defender with an £80million switch.
And Dawson shouldn’t be shocked by his former teammate’s rise to superstardom.
He informed talkSPORT: “We each signed for Hull City on the similar time. He got here from Sheffield United.
“He needed to be affected person [for his chance] due to myself and Curtis Davies.
“It was our first yr within the Premier League and sadly we obtained relegated, however we then bounced again to the Premier League.
“In my third season there, he then performed nigh on each sport and that’s when he obtained the popularity.
“While you share a dressing room and a pitch with gamers, you realise what their character is like. He travelled in all places and didn’t actually play for 2 seasons.
“Our third yr within the Premier League once we obtained relegated, he then obtained his transfer to Leicester City.
“I actually knew it might be a stepping stone. I spoke to folks and stated, ‘Wes Morgan and Robert Huth received the Premier League, however they received’t have seen a participant like Harry Maguire’.
“He will get on the ball, brings the ball out, begins assaults. He’s unimaginable. I’ve at all times been a large fan.”