Harry Maguire has hailed the work that Tottenham academy coach Chris Powell is doing behind the scenes in the England set-up at the European Championships.
The Three Lions overcame Denmark 2-1 in extra time yesterday to seal a spot in their first major final since the World Cup in 1966.
Harry Kane and co now have the opportunity to write their names into history books as the first England side to bring the Euros home.
The win against the Danes also saw Gareth Southgate exorcise the demons of 1996 when the former Aston Villa defender’s missed spot-kick in the shootout saw England knocked out in the semi-finals.
Powell, who assisted Ryan Mason during his role as interim head coach after Jose Mourinho’s sacking, is part of Southgate’s coaching staff for the tournament.#
Some England fans have enjoyed watching the 51-year-old’s wild celebrations over the course of the tournament.
Maguire admitted that he too has relished watching the Spurs academy’s head of coaching celebrate passionately on the sidelines.
When asked about Powell, the Manchester United centre-back said during his press conference: “Chris has been brilliant around the camp. I think he brings positive energy.
“I think in these camps when you are waiting in between games then you can do with that positive vibe and energy around the place. And he brings that.
“He’s been brilliant as a coach but also off the field as well. I have seen his goal celebrations, he is really enjoying it.
“But I think you all need to remember that we are all huge England fans, whether we are sat on the bench coaching or sat in the stand, we all want to win.”
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Southgate and his coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for the way they have managed the atmosphere around the camp. This England squad seem to get along with one other much better than sides of the past and have established a connection with the fans and the press that the Golden Generation failed to.
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