Harry Maguire turned into the best player in the world for five seconds in England training and fans were stunned by what they saw.
Despite losing his place in the Manchester United side, Maguire has been included in Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad and will almost definitely start the World Cup opener against Iran on Monday.
And the former Leicester City and Hull defender has had supporters in disbelief after producing an insane passage of play in training.
The Three Lions have been training in intense 33C heat but Maguire was moving all over the show in a clip which has gone viral.
The centre-back pinched the ball of Bukayo Saka in a small-sided game and then performed an outrageous Maradona before displaying incredible dribbling ability and quick feet to send Conor Coady to the shops.
He then managed to work space for a shot and forced a save from Nick Pope. It was a sequence that surprised so many fans and led to reaction aplenty on line:
Maguire? I was unfamiliar with your game sir.pic.twitter.com/Vv2nSc7a2D— ًE. (@UtdEIIis) November 19, 2022
One of the cleanest roulettes I think I’ve seen https://t.co/5fCZqX0pF4— 🇾🇪 (@utdkimmo) November 19, 2022
When he puts on the 3 Lions he turns into prime R9 and Maldini all in one 😂 https://t.co/3hwZkmL3n5— TJ (@Teej_96) November 19, 2022
With such lovely ball control, it's no surprise that Erik ten Hag used the 29-year-old as a makeshift striker alongside Cristiano Ronaldo against Real Sociedad.
The 6ft 4 man played up top for 13 minutes and caused utter chaos, running the channels and getting the end of long punts up the pitch.
Maguire has made just four starts in all competitions this season, with Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof ahead of him in the pecking order.
However, Southgate has always backed Maguire, a Team of the Tournament member at Euro 2020, and believes he is "one of our best centre-backs".
🗣 "He's one of our best centre-backs."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 10, 2022
Gareth Southgate on Harry Maguire's inclusion in the England squad pic.twitter.com/FaNI1EJyQC
"We know within the squad we've got a lot of players that have been to tournaments before, performed at the level, know what's required.
"We've got other players who are playing well and we've got to balance all of that in our team."
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