Ex-Hull City defender Harry Maguire earns first call-up into England squad

Harry Maguire left Hull City in the summer to join Leicester City
Harry Maguire left Hull City in the summer to join Leicester City
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Former Sheffield United and Hull City defender Harry Maguire has been handed an international call-up in the first England squad since Wayne Rooney's international retirement.

Maguire, who signed for Leicester this summer, joins fellow newboy Nathaniel Chalobah in Gareth Southgate's 28- man squad to face Malta and Slovakia in World Cup qualifiers on September 1 and 4.

Rooney had been asked to join up with the squad but instead decided to call time on his Three Lions career at the age of 31.

Southgate has also named four goalkeepers in his panel, with Everton's Jordan Pickford joining Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Tom Heaton.

Southgate said he was relishing the chance to see some more of Maguire as injury prevented him being called up for the summer internationals - the World Cup qualifying draw against Scotland and the 3-2 friendly defeat by France.

The England boss said: "I thought his performances for Hull were very good. He's a defender that's very comfortable with the ball and that's the profile of international football.

"I think he's already adjusted really well at Leicester to a new club. He plays with great composure (and) can defend the ball in the box.

"So I think it's a really good opportunity for us to have a look at him...for him to get a feel of being around the senior squad and we can assess how he goes in training and that sort of thing.

"As you say, we were looking at him towards the end of last season but he wasn't really fully fit towards the end of the year."

Five things you may not know about Harry Maguire

1: The defender is actually known by his middle name - had he not made that decision, it would be Jacob Maguire being called into Gareth Southgate's squad.

2: Former Hull manager Steve Bruce had a lofty vision for Maguire, once likening him to Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfield star Yaya Toure and suggesting continental sides would use Maguire in a more advanced role.

3: It was not always that way, though - in his first season after Bruce signed him from boyhood club Sheffield United, Maguire made just five Tigers appearances and only one start before being loaned out to Wigan for the latter part of the campaign.

4; Maguire has just half an hour of international experience at age-group level, having featured as a substitute for England Under-21s against Northern Ireland in November 2012 when still with the Blades.

5: Maguire is one of three footballing brothers, all defenders - younger sibling Laurence is with League Two Chesterfield while Joe, the eldest of the trio, plays for non-league Buxton.