Gareth Southgate has endorsed Harry Maguire’s constant capacity to succeed for England, insisting that he has established himself to be a top-level player.
The Manchester United captain has had a rough season with his club, but he has kept his place in Southgate’s Three Lions team and is poised to start tomorrow’s (Tuesday) friendly against the Ivory Coast at Wembley. Maguire was nominated to the European Championship team of the year last summer, but his club form has deteriorated this season, despite the fact that his efforts for England still hold some weight for Southgate.
The England manager recognizes that club form must factor into the equation at some point, but Maguire retains his support for the time being.
“He got us to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final, there’s no doubt he’s more than capable of playing at the highest level, he was very good for us in the autumn, there’s no doubt he’s more than capable of playing at the highest level, he was very good for us in the autumn, there’s no doubt he’s more than capable of playing at the highest level, there’s no doubt he’s “Southgate stated.
“The club [United] is going through a difficult period for a variety of reasons. That isn’t to say that players can’t be bad for a couple of years and still make it, and it often relies on the level of competition for places.
“Selection is always a difficult decision; we have players who have proven themselves in an England shirt.” There has to be some analysis of how players performed at their previous teams, since it has to be a consideration. It’s a tough issue, and I’m sure everyone has an opinion on who we should and shouldn’t choose.”
Because of the rivalry for attacking positions, Southgate left Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho out of this squad, although full-back Luke Shaw started and scored against Switzerland on Saturday.
After that game, Shaw intimated that the atmosphere at United was happier at the time, and Southgate believes that credit for it must go to the players, who are relishing the opportunity to represent their country.
“I hope we have an environment where all of the players can demonstrate that they can be their best selves; a lot of that is due to the environment they’ve established.” “he stated