Former Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp has praised Harry Maguire ahead of England’s World Cup semi-final, comparing the 25-year-old to Richard Dunne.
Redknapp was speaking at the launch of AIB’s ‘The Toughest Rivalry’ which sees him take over Cork club, Castlehaven as they go up against Erin’s Isle of Dublin, managed by former Premier League manager and player, Gianluca Vialli.
The 71-year-old says he has been a fan of the Leicester City defender for years.
“I’ve been a big fan of his for years. He always reminds me of Richard Dunne because you look at him, he’s not a great mover, he’s not silky smooth but he is so effective.
“Richard Dunne was a flying machine. He was just a great, big bloke and people thought he couldn’t run because he looked that way but he had the pace of a sprinter. He was incredible.”
Redknapp believes that there will be much interest in Maguire from the top clubs following his performances during the World Cup.
“What a competitor, what a good player, good in the air, good on the ball. I see Tony Adams in him as well. He’s a leader and I think Leicester are going to have an awful time trying to hang onto him. There’s going to be a lot of clubs trying to buy Harry Maguire, for sure.”
Following his experience with Castlehaven, Redknapp joked that the England defender would be more than capable for the physicality levels in Gaelic Football.
“I’m going to try and get him to Castlehaven….there would be a few of them [Premier League players] that wouldn’t fancy it for sure, they are big, strong boys. They get stuck in and get on with it. Harry Maguire would be grand in Gaelic Football, no doubt about it. A bit like Kevin Moran.”