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2018 FIFA WC: Who impressed England coach the most in their opening game?

[caption id="attachment_68468" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Harry Maguire impressed English coach Southgate[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: England coach Gareth Southgate praised Harry Maguire’s performance in his first ever FIFA world cup tournament for England as they won 2-1 against Tunisia.

The 25-year-old Leicester City defender looked comfortable in his first match and that will give him plenty of confidence for the next match as they will face Panama on 24 th June.

"His potential is huge," he said on Maguire.

"He's probably the one player - him and Pickford - who haven't played in cup finals on the big stage or Champions League games in the past, so maybe, for him, it was more of a voyage of discovery tonight than for some of the others.

"He has great composure - he has really good defensive qualities, most things land on his bonce in both penalty areas.

"He's got a really lovely calm temperament. I think that he has outstanding potential, I hope tonight's given him a lot of belief."

Maguire, who started his career at Sheffield United and had a spell at Hull City, will hope to retain his place in England's second Group G fixture against Panama on Sunday.

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