Dream come true for Maguire

30 August 2017 06:38:28 EST

Leicester City central defender Harry Maguire is thrilled to be involved in the England set-up for the first time.

Gareth Southgate has included the 24-year-old in the Three Lions squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia after he impressed in the first three weeks of the Premier League season.

Maguire joined the Foxes from Hull City in June in a £17million deal having started his career with Sheffield United.

"When you are a young boy growing up and you want to be a footballer, the pick of the pile is always trying to play for your country," he said.

"You dream about it when you are young, so to get the call-up is amazing.

"I have tried to concentrate on my club form to impress the scouts, manager and his staff and now I have got the call, it is all about coming into the camp, settling in, getting experience and trying to prove myself.

"It is something that I am really passionate about and I am really looking forward to the challenge."

Maguire, who represented the England Under-21 side once in November 2012, is 15/4 to score at any time against Malta on Friday, a game England are 5/1 to win 2-0.

Southgate's team are available at 1/5 to win the match to nil while they can be backed at 16/1 to win next summer's World Cup outright.

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