Leicester City defender Harry Maguire insists he is ready to make his England debut this week after a “rollercoaster” few months.
The former Sheffield United man has endured plenty of ups and downs in recent months, after being unable to help Hull City avoid relegation last season.
A knee injury towards the end of the campaign then kept him out of action before a move to Leicester gave him another chance to play Premier League football and now he could make his England debut against Malta on Friday after being named in the Three Lions’ squad for the first time earlier this month.
With the World Cup coming up in 2018, Maguire is hoping to impress boss Gareth Southgate and he is adamant he can deliver the goods.
He told reporters: “It has been a bit of a rollercoaster, the last few months.
The disappointment of getting relegated from the Premier League is an awful time for anybody as a footballer.
“It is a cruel game at times. After that disappointment with Hull, it would have been a great confidence boost to come away with England, but it wasn’t to be.
“But then you get the delight of signing for a big club like Leicester, which I’m over the moon about, and then getting the call-up to the national team, which is every young boy’s dream.
“I feel like I’m here because I’m trusted to play in any game. It is a big squad and a good one, and it is up to the manager who he wants to pick.”