The Yorkshire influence on the 2018 England World Cup squad

PUBLISHED: 09:38 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:38 16 July 2018

Harry Maguire Photo: Andreas Gebert/dpa/Alamy Live News

Harry Maguire Photo: Andreas Gebert/dpa/Alamy Live News

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The players who helped England reach the semi finals for only the third time in their history.

Harry Maguire

Maguire, 25, was born in Sheffield and came through the youth team at Sheffield United before graduating to the first team in 2011.

In 2014, he moved to Hull City and he joined Leicester City in 2017.

Maguire played one match for England under-21s in 2012 and made his debut in the senior team in August 2017. One of the key players at the World Cup, he scored England’s first in the 2-0 win over Sweden.

John Stones

Stones, 24, began his career with Barnsley, making his first team debut at 17. He joined Everton in 2013, before signing for Manchester United in 2016.

A former England under-19, under-20 and under-21 player, he made his senior debut for England in 2014.

Only goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (a former Bradford City loanee) spent more time on the pitch for England at the World Cup. Stones scored twice against Panama.

Kyle Walker

Walker, 28, joined his home town club Sheffield United at the age of seven after being recommended by coach Paul Archer of Football Unites, Racism Divides.

He progressed to become a regular fixture in the reserves by 2008 and made his full debut for the senior team in 2009, guaranteeing himself a regular place with an outstanding performance.

Walker later became the youngest Sheffield United player to play at Wembley.

Danny Rose

Rose, 28, was born and bred in Doncaster. He began his professional career at Leeds United in 2006 but didn’t actually get a game before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur.

Still struggling to get first team experience, he played instead on loan at Peterborough, Bristol City and Sunderland. Rose secured a place in the England under-17 and under-19 squads before making his under-21 debut in 2009.

After making 29 appearances with the junior team, Rose won his first senior squad cap in England’s 3-2 victory against Germany in 2016.

Fabian Delph

Delph, 28, was born in Bradford and was on Bradford City’s books as a youngster before moving to Leeds United aged 11.

He played for Leeds in League One and, for one game, in the Championship before transferring to Premier League club Aston Villa. In 2015, he joined Manchester City for £8 million.

Delph missed England’s World Cup game against Colombia to fly home for the birth of his third child. His teammates celebrated by presenting him with a baby-size England kit with the message ‘Congratulations to Fabian Delph and his wife on the birth of their daughter!

Jamie Vardy

Vardy, 31, was born in Sheffield and began his senior career with local lower league team Stocksbridge Park Steels.

He moved to Halifax Town in 2010, scoring an impressive 25 goals in his debut season, before moving to Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed sum and scoring an even more impressive 31 goals. Vardy signed for Leicester City in 2012, continuing his prolific goal scoring career and helping to secure his team’s victory in the Premier League in 2016. He made his international debut a year earlier, in June 2015, and was selected for the England squad at the 2016 European Championship.

At the World Cup, he missed the Sweden game with a groin injury but came on as a sub against Colombia and Croatia.

Gareth Southgate

The waistcoated wonder lives in a six-bedroom country house 10 miles west of Harrogate.

If you’re wondering what qualities a Yorkshire footballer can bring to the national team, Harry Maguire explains to Gabby Logan, the sports broadcaster who was born in Leeds.

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