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Smooth Harry Maguire

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Smooth Harry Maguire refers to an image of English football player Harry Maguire talking to a woman after his team's 2-0 victory over Sweden in the 2018 World Cup in which he scored a goal. The image became a meme format shortly after the match where it was paired with captions intimating that Maguire was flirting with the woman.


On July 7th, 2018, England defeated Sweden 2-0 in a World Cup Quarterfinal match. Maguire scored the first goal of the match, helping his team reach the semifinals of the World Cup.

After the game, footballer Kyle Walker tweeted an image of Maguire talking to a female fan with a caption making it appear that Maguire was chatting her up. The tweet gained over 72,000 retweets and 273,000 likes (shown below).

Kyle Walker @kylewalker2 Follow Yeah so a good header doesn't hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it's a good one. Know what I mean love?


Over the course of the day, multiple Twitter users made similar jokes to Walker. Responding to Walker's tweet, user @IamFrench_ referenced It's Coming Home, gaining over 120 retweets and 2,100 likes (shown below, left). Twitter user @AntonDeck posted an image macro that gained over 70 retweets and 700 likes (shown below, right).

lamFrench @lamFrench Follow v Replying to @kylewalker2 @HarryMaguire93 Yes babe, it's coming home antondeck @AntonDeck Followv Replying to @kylewalker2 @HarryMaguire93 Have I told you about my World Cup şemi

BBC Broadcaster Steve Crossman tweeted one of the most popular examples of the jokes, gaining over 5,000 retweets and 20,000 likes (shown below, left). Maguire himself got in on the joke, tweeting an example that gained over 45,000 retweets and 181,000 likes (shown below, right). The jokes were covered by the English publication Mirror,[1] BBC,[2] and more.

Steve Crossman @Steve_Crossman Followv I went up for the corner and the keeper said 'Oi no strikers!', I said 'l'm not a striker', he said 'well you bloody should be with headers like that'. I said 'no thanks l'm making s--- loads from clearances'. Harry Maguire @HarryMaguire93 Follow "Can you ask the neighbours to put the bins out on Monday? We're not going home just yet"+

Various Examples

Glenn Kitson Glenn_Kitson Follow To be honest, I preferred the earlier Harry Maguire memes, I lost interest when they started to become popular NA,T'M NOTONE OFTHOSE DIVERS OWWW.WATGH THE WRIST LOVE Dale Bennett @DaleBennett91 Follow Replying to @HarryMaguire93 I dint plan it or owt, I just sorta became a bit of a meme sensation. Anyway you wanna see me inflatable unicorn? Football Away Days @AwayDayFooty Follow "Me? Yeah, I score goals and stuff" Nooruddean @BeardedGenius Follow "Yeah big Harry Maguire's busy bringing it home so l'm taking over meme duties" Stephen Butler @StephenDJButler Follow Replying to @DaleBennett91 @HarryMaguire93 "...Il'm coming home, I'm coming home, l'm coming... do I need to know the rest of the lyrics?" x

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