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Neill's glowing praise for Harry

14 November 2012

The day after making his England U21s bow Harry Maguire has received a glowing reference from his team-mate, Neill Collins.

Maguire replaced Liverpool's Andre Wisdom on the hour of England's 2-0 win over Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night and Collins believes his call-up to Stuart Pearce's squad was fully deserved and the first of many.

Of his central defensive partner, Collins remarked: "I am delighted for Harry, the recognition was deserved and nobody is a bigger fan of him than me.

"When anybody asks me I tell them he has everything a centre back would want. I certainly wish I had some of his traits when I was his age. Harry is such a level headed boy and that helps him produce such consistent performances.

"The one thing that really impresses me, though, is his knowledge of the game. He knows other teams and their players, whilst his reading of a game is first class."

When Collins arrived at Bramall Lane from Leeds United in the January transfer window of 2011, the Scotsman was expecting that he would be able to forge a partnership with Chris Morgan, but he has no regrets about that not happening given his combination with the Sheffield-born 19-year-old.

Collins continued: "I feel fortunate to have been able to play alongside Harry since he broke into the team.

"I will be honest, I came here to play alongside Morgs and unfortunately that never happened, but Harry got his chance and has taken it with both hands - he is the person I have probably played most with throughout my career as a central defensive team.

"Everyone has to have bad games to learn from their mistakes, Harry has always recovered from the few slips he has made and he has always come back stronger.

"Hopefully he can continue his development in the Championship with Sheffield United in the not too distance future."

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