Gareth Southgate has strongly criticized the unfair treatment of England defender Harry Maguire, denouncing the continuous criticism as absurd. Maguire, who plays as a center-back for Manchester United, earned his 59th cap as a substitute during England’s 3-1 friendly victory in Glasgow on September 12th. Unfortunately, his performance was marred by an own goal.
Despite being named in the European Championship team of the tournament two years ago, Maguire has become the subject of abuse due to his struggles with form and limited playing time at Old Trafford. Nevertheless, he remains a crucial member of Southgate’s England squad.
Maguire, who had his first start of the season in the Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine, faced merciless mockery when he was brought on at halftime in the match against Scotland three days later.
Southgate, the England manager, expressed that he had no objections to the behavior of the Scottish fans but emphasized that it was a consequence of the unjust treatment Maguire has endured for an extended period.
He stated, “It’s truly ridiculous. I’ve never witnessed a player being treated in this manner, not just by the Scottish fans, but also by our own commentators, pundits, and so forth. They’ve created a situation that goes beyond anything I’ve ever seen. Maguire has been a steadfast presence for us in the second-most successful England team in decades, playing a vital role in it.”
During the second half at Hampden Park, England supporters chanted Maguire’s name, humorously proclaiming, “Harry Maguire, he’s winning 3-1,” after Harry Kane scored in addition to Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham’s first-half goals.
When asked about Maguire’s state after the match, Southgate, while acknowledging the unfortunate own goal, mentioned, “He’s doing well, he’s in great spirits. We’ve achieved a significant victory, and he played a significant part in it.”