England ace Harry Maguire hails NHS staff and backs The Sun's Jabs Army

ENGLAND ace Harry Maguire has saluted NHS staff and The Sun’s Jabs Army, insisting: “They are the real heroes.”

The Man United skipper also backed calls for hospital frontline workers to get a decent pay rise amid outrage at their one per cent offer.

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And he hailed the vaccination roll-out, saying it was making it possible for fans to return to Wembley Stadium for the Euros in June — giving a huge boost to the Three Lions.

Red Devils star Harry, 28, told The Sun on Sunday: “We get called idols, people look up to us, but for myself — and the Manchester United and England teams — the NHS are all heroes.”

The Sun’s 50,000-strong Jabs Army has been helping in jab centres and Harry said: “It’s a great campaign. I have tried to keep an eye on how it is going.

“Us footballers get called idols, but the real heroes are at the NHS, and those sorting everything out trying to get this country back to normal. It is such an important campaign and the country has been brilliant in getting behind it.”

NHS heroes definitely deserve a proper salary rise, said Harry. He added: “We think we’ve had it tough but we’re sitting at home in lockdown and can’t do much.

“NHS staff are the ones who have had it toughest. You’ve got to give them credit. We seem like we’re making great progress with the vaccination. It’s remarkable. Fingers crossed that it keeps going in a positive direction, which I’m sure it will do with our brilliant NHS.”

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'Such a tough time for everyone'

Boris Johnson’s plans for easing lockdown includes the return of up to 10,000 fans at sports events from May 17 and the possibility of full houses from June 21.

England start their bid for Euros glory against Croatia on June 13 and Harry said: “Having fans back in the stadiums means everything. All footballers know how important they are and the atmosphere that they create.

“We are doing our best playing in silent stadiums but I’m sick of hearing my own voice screaming. To get the fans back, especially for the Euros, such a big competition, and with the country almost back to normal, it’s such a big boost. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m sure everyone in England will be.”

The tournament, pushed back a year by the pandemic, is due to be staged across 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final held at Wembley. But with restrictions still causing disruption across Europe, and given the successful vaccine roll-out, PM Mr Johnson has offered to take on extra games if Uefa has to alter its plans.

Harry said: “If it did happen it would be a great boost for the country. It has been such a tough time for everyone.”

The Prem star, who today leads United in the derby against table-toppers Man City, said: “If we had the whole tournament, or majority of it, in this country then it would be a great time of the year for everyone to enjoy. We’ve got all England’s group games at Wembley anyway, which is massive for us, and the final and semi-final, so it’s great.”

Call to arms – how MPs, celebs and big businesses backed our campaign

A HOST of celebs and politicians threw their weight behind Jabs Army as they praised kind-hearted Sun readers who signed up.

Their calls were led by Boris Johnson, who begged for volunteers to help 'return the country to normal life'.

The PM wrote personally to our readers, saying: "The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is a brilliant example of the power of collective action.

"It has already inspired companies and workplaces up and down the country to join the call to arms.

"So today, I call on everyone who has the time to join the legions of volunteers already signed up and to boost volunteer numbers further still."

Jeremy Clarkson urged Brits to get off the sofa and sign up to beat the lockdown blues.

He said: “Everyone is saying how bored they are. They’ve watched Netflix, gone through everything on the internet, read Google.

“Well let’s not be bored — let’s get off our bottoms and volunteer.”

His call was backed by a string of other celebs – including the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, who hailed our campaign as “fantastic”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock saluted Jabs Army as he addressed the nation in a No10 press briefing.

He said: "Come and be a part of it. The Sun’s Jabs Army is marching and helping the nation.”

GMB host Piers Morgan branded the campaign as "excellent".

While celebrities like Bear Grylls, Gordon Ramsay and Bake Off's Matt Lucas have also thrown their support behind the campaign.


As one of 20 Premier League captains, Harry was integral in setting up the Players Together charity last year. It handed more than £4million to NHS staff, volunteers and Covid patients.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told stars: “Warmly welcome this big-hearted decision. You are playing your part.”

Separately, kind-hearted family man Harry paid for and handed out food parcels in Mosborough, Sheffield, where he grew up.


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