Harry Maguire maybe an England World Cup Star but on Tuesday evening the centre back was watching his two siblings play football as Gainsborough Trinity faced Chesterfield in a pre-season friendly.
The 25 year-old swapped the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia for Gainsborough in Lincolnshire to watch his 21-year-old brother Joe who plays for Trinity, face his other brother Laurence who is 22 and a defender for Chesterfield, in a match that had been dubbed the ‘Maguire Derby’.
The football star’s presence drew a larger crowd than the normal 400 as supporters waited patiently for photographs and autographs of their hero during the halftime break.
Tweeting after the match, Maguire wrote: ‘Great night watching @GainsTrinityFC v @ChesterfieldFC. Battle of Maguire’s. @JoeMaguire8 @_lozmaguire.
‘Thanks for looking after me @GainsTrinityFC. Hope everyone enjoyed their night. Sorry if I missed anyone.’
Maguire’s family had been supporting him out in Russia including Laurence who was given permission to miss a Chesterfield game so he could watch Harry against Sweden.
New Spireites boss Martin Allen said at the time: “Laurence Maguire has unfortunately picked up Russian ‘flu, which is obviously quite disappointing.
“Laurence Maguire has unfortunately picked up Russian ‘flu, which is obviously quite disappointing.
“I’ve had a word with him this morning and told him that this afternoon he’s got to fly out to Russia to have some medical tests. He’s got to be back here for training on Monday.
“The bad news is the fact that he’s got Russian ‘flu. The good news is that he’s going to fly to Russia to see his brother play for England in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
“He’s absolutely thrilled and he’s sorted it out with his family that he’s going. It’s great for our club that one of our players is going to be watching England play. Take care, Martin.”
Trinity continue their pre-season schedule with a County Cup tie against Stamford on Thursday.
The Blues then host a Peterborough United XI on Tuesday, July 24.