If there is one thing we have learned about Harry Maguire during lockdown football is that he is loud … really loud.

And he b******s his team-mates … regularly.

“I’m happy fans are back in the stadium so that you can't hear a lot of my arguments with the players,” laughs the Manchester United captain.

“My brother texts me after games, saying ’you had an argument with Rashford that game, you had an argument with someone else’.”

But while Maguire might refer to it as arguing, Gareth Southgate and, indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, refer to it as leadership.

Leadership. It is a word that is bandied about incessantly in football.

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Harry Maguire regularly shouts at his Man Utd team-mates

But make no mistake, leadership is why Southgate took the gamble of selecting Maguire, even though there were worries he would not be fit until the knockout rounds, at the earliest.

And Maguire takes his responsibilities seriously.

He explains: “They are demands I put on myself and on other players as well.

“I demand a lot from, for example, Luke (Shaw). I drive him forward all the time, I want the best from him, and you've seen this year how important he's been at club level, and how much he's improved.”

Maguire clearly feels empowered to speak his mind on the field because of the trust put in him by both Solskjaer and Southgate.

“Gareth has shown great faith in me and that’s not just in this camp,” Maguire says. “That’s since I made my debut.

“I know Gareth trusts me and it gives me great confidence to come here and try and do as much as I can for him and, most importantly, for the country.”

It has been almost six weeks since Maguire sustained his ankle injury after a tangle with Anwar El Ghazi and the United defender admits there were times he thought he might not make it.

Maguire explains: “I knew the extent of the injury as soon as it happened. Obviously, you fear the worst. I feared missing the Europa League final, which I did, and then obviously the Euros as well. Now, though, I am ready to go.”

But while the player, his manager and the medics are convinced he is 100 percent fit, Maguire admits he might have to suffer a little when he makes his comeback.

Harry Maguire of Manchester United walks off after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on March 03, 2021 in London, England.
Harry Maguire called out Marcus Rashford for not getting back onside during one game

He goes on: “You can do as many rehab sessions as you like but when you're not playing competitive football, you can’t build that confidence, especially when it's an ankle or knee injury.

“I haven't had one before but from speaking to players, I'm sure it will niggle me for a few weeks and months,” says Maguire. “But as long as it's stable and the pain is bearable, then I'm sure I'll be fine."

And if he is, it will be a huge fillip for Southgate, who identified Maguire as one of his key men in the journey to the World Cup semi-finals three years ago.

And Maguire is convinced this England squad is even stronger than the one that made it to the last four in Russia.

He says: “I think, as a group of players, we are in a better place.

“I think the big thing about this squad is that we have a lot of young, exciting, talented players but we also have a lot of experienced players, a lot of club captains which is so important in tournament football.

“By passing on your experience to the younger lads in the ways you handle yourself around the camp and on the training pitch, you can give them real confidence to go on and express themselves.

“A real benefit of this squad is that there are a lot of good leaders.”

And few, if any, are as good as Maguire.

That is why Southgate will welcome him back to the team with open arms.