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England footballer Harry Maguire as you’ve never seen him before: The straight A, sports-mad schoolboy former teachers say was remarkable, modest and hardworking
- Never before seen pictures show Harry Maguire during sports-filled school days
- Budding, sports-mad youngster is seen competing in sports and athletics games
- Former teachers spoke highly of the Three Lions star ahead of Saturday’s game
These never before seen photographs of Harry Maguire show the World Cup star narrowly missing first place in a school sports day.
Maguire, 25, has received widespread acclaim from adoring fans for his brilliant performances during England’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals.
The photographs, provided by his former secondary school, show the budding sports-mad youngster competing in sports day, athletics and discus.
His former teachers have spoken highly of the Three Lions star – as excitement builds for Saturday’s crunch game.
Maguire, 25, has received widespread acclaim from adoring fans for his brilliant performances during England’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals
Harry, pictured left giving it all but being beaten to the finish line during a 400m race at the Chesterfield school, was also described as ‘such a modest lad, he had his head screwed on even at that age’
His former deputy headteacher, Sue Cain, said: ‘He was a remarkable pupil who always came in and worked very hard.
‘He was never in any trouble and he had such a good attitude.
‘I taught all three of the Maguire brothers and they all absolutely loved their sport, his two brothers are also footballers.
‘He was such a modest lad, he had his head screwed on even at that age.
‘He did everything you asked him to do and he never questioned why.
Harry Maguire, pictured third from right receiving a house award at St Mary’s Catholic School in in Chesterfield, Derbyshire,was described by his former deputy headteacher Sue Cain as ‘a remarkable pupil who always came in and worked very hard’
‘He was a popular lad.’
Ms Cain said she remembers Harry being much taller than the other children.
She said: ‘I just remember him being huge.
‘Even at a young age he was very tall but he has filled out since then too.
‘He was much taller than everyone else when he played football and towered over the other teams.’
Had Harry not reached his full potential as a footballer, Ms Cain said he may have been busy crunching numbers rather than facing megastars such as Neymar at this summer’s tournament.
Harry, middle row far right, left St Marys Catholic School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire almost 10 years ago but has not forgotten his roots
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Ms Cain added: ‘He got A* and A grades in his GCSEs.
‘I think he would have gone on to study business or maths and probably have been an accountant.
‘He was very capable academically.’
Harry left St Marys Catholic School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire almost 10 years ago but has not forgotten his roots.
The Leicester city star returns to the school regularly to answer questions and sign shirts for the children who idolise his rise to the top.
he photographs, provided by his former secondary school, show the budding sports-mad youngster competing in sports day, athletics and discus (pictured)
Speaking of a visit earlier this year, Ms Cain said: ‘It was electric.
‘The excitement was building but when he arrived all the kids’ faces lit up.
‘We are incredibly proud of him and are so grateful he wants to come back to visit but we are not surprised because he is so loyal.
‘Harry is such a role model for the students who idolise him.
‘He has never forgotten where he came from and it reminds the pupils what they can achieve.
‘I couldn’t bare to watch the penalties in the last match and I was just praying he didn’t take one as I couldn’t have taken the pressure.
‘Thankfully we got through which is great, he has done brilliantly and we are all very proud of him.’
Harry’s former PE teacher at St Mary’s, Martin McKee, said he not only excelled at football, but was also a good middle distance runner and played table tennis and rugby.
He said: ‘The one thing I always remember is the way he approached people in the right manner like not arguing with the referee.
‘He could really dominate a game from central midfield.
He started his club career at Sheffield United before moving on to Hull City and later Leicester City, where he remains a key player. He is pictured far right with school friends from the athletics team
‘He had an aura about him.
‘He could dribble around everyone if he wanted to.’
Asked whether he always knew that Harry would play for England, he replied: ‘No, absolutely not.
‘Some players have that ability but you can never tell if they are going to kick on.
‘He is one of the most level-headed players I have come across.
‘Nothing fazes him.’
Maguire has played in each game at the World Cup.
He started his club career at Sheffield United before moving on to Hull City and later Leicester City, where he remains a key player.
Despite only having nine caps, his England career has been very successful and he has received many plaudits for his commanding performances at the back.
Maguire is set to line up in England’s crunch match tomorrow (Saturday July 7) against Sweden, where they will be hoping to reach the semi-finals.
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