Maguire confident England can challenge ‘brilliant’ Van Dijk

Harry Maguire is certain England can cause “top player” Virgil van Dijk trouble in their upcoming UEFA Nations League clash against the Netherlands.

Van Dijk has enjoyed a remarkable first full season at Liverpool after completing a world-record transfer for a defender of £75m from Southampton in January 2018.

The Dutch centre-back is now an integral part of Liverpool’s backline, with his performances in the Premier League crowning him the PFA Player of the Year ahead of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.

Van Dijk will be looking to cap off a superb campaign by helping the Reds defeat Tottenham in Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid.

Afterwards, the 27-year-old will then head over to Portugal for the inaugural Nations League finals for the Netherlands.

Ronald Koeman’s side will meet England in the semi-finals on June 6, with the winner of the tie to take on either hosts Portugal or Switzerland in the final.

And Maguire is feeling bullish over the Three Lions’ prospects of taking on Van Dijk in Guimaraes.

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“He’s a top player. You’ve seen in the Premier League; he won the best player and he thoroughly deserved that,” said Maguire, according to Yahoo.

“He is a brilliant defender and I’m sure people are learning from him and so they should. I’m sure he’s learning from other centre-backs in the game.”

The Leicester City defender added: “We’re focused on ourselves more than the opposition. We have some top-quality players as well.

“We’ve got numerous players who are talented and players who are more than capable of causing them a lot of problems.

“It’s special to go up against the best teams and the best players and that’s what we’re doing.

“It gives you great confidence when you see your names up there with players of that stature but, at the moment, I’m fully focused on working for the team.”

SEVILLE, SPAIN – OCTOBER 15: Harry Maguire of England reacts during the UEFA Nations League A Group Four match between Spain and England at Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 15, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

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