Harry Maguire: The remarkable rise of England's unlikely new hero

After surviving six weeks of radiotherapy treatment five-year-old Ben Williams received his very own “World Cup” trophy

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The heartwarming story spread quickly, and England striker Harry Kane gave Ben a special shout-out on Twitter, calling the child an inspiration.

From that first England camp where he admitted his mother was less than impressed to see him with a binbag - she sent her son a text afterwards, 'What's with the bags?' - to scoring in a World Cup quarter-final, one thing has not changed: England's team spirit.

He said: "When I walk in the street, wait on the platform for a train going to work or go shopping I have young lads asking for photos or telling me how much I look like Harry Kane".

In a World Cup where set pieces have played such a huge role and with teams becoming ever more cautious as the final approaches, that edge could prove the difference between England ending 52 years of hurt or falling at the penultimate hurdle.

"It was three-and-a-half minutes from the penalty being given to when Colombia eventually left him alone", Southgate told reporters.

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Gazza was of course one of the star players the last time England played in an World Cup semi-final back in 1990. It returned to the top spot again in 1998 when it was released for the World Cup that year.

"Since then he's got better and better". "We're going to try our hardest".

The Spurs forward and Golden Boot hopeful is preparing for England's biggest game in decades on Wednesday when the Three Lions take on Croatia in the semi-final. We want to be here till the end.

"Last Saturday, some ladies even thought I was him".

"When I was watching him during the season I was so keen that he stayed fit because I thought this was a stage I was certain he could show he could play at", Southgate said after Maguire scored his first global goal in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden.

The Tottenham Hotspur star replied to a tweet by paediatric radiographer Liam Herbert, who shared a video of Ben Williams receiving a replica World Cup trophy. "I knew he was fine when he picked the ball up for the fourth time. We managed to stop Messi and [Christian] Eriksson so hopefully we can stop Kane".

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