Gareth Southgate has strongly defended Harry Maguire after the England defender’s own goal during a match against Scotland. Southgate criticized the treatment Maguire has received from commentators and pundits, describing it as a “joke.”
Maguire’s own goal occurred during England’s 3-1 victory at Hampden Park. He came on as a substitute for Marc Guehi at halftime and inadvertently turned Andy Robertson’s cross into his own net.
The Manchester United defender has been facing a challenging period, having been stripped of the captain’s armband at his club and making a mistake leading to Ukraine’s equalizer in a recent game.
Southgate passionately defended Maguire during an interview with Channel 4, emphasizing the unfair treatment the player has endured. He mentioned that Maguire has been a crucial part of the England team, showing resilience and determination on the field.
Despite not featuring as a starter for Manchester United under manager Erik ten Hag this season, Southgate believes Maguire still has a role to play in the England squad as they prepare for the Euro 2024 Championships in Germany.
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