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Wayne Rooney and Jude Bellingham send Maguire’s messages to Martinez and Varane ahead of Premier League Return

Wayne Rooney and Jude Bellingham send messages to Manchester United captain Harry Maguire

The Manchester United defense performed admirably against the United States.

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Wayne Rooney praised Harry Maguire for winning his 50th England cap in Friday’s goalless World Cup tie with the United States, calling it a “great achievement.”

The Manchester United captain was the standout performer in a game where few stood out. Maguire handled everything that was thrown at him and was frequently the one to direct the ball away from danger.

The 29-year-old has had a challenging year. After receiving harsh criticism during last season’s struggles, Erik ten Hag retained Maguire as Reds captain, although he has since been replaced by Lisandro Martinez.

In the aftermath of Raphael Varane’s injury ahead of the World Cup, his manager frequently chose Victor Lindelof instead of the center-back, who missed practically the whole month of October owing to a knee injury sustained in September’s 3-3 Nations League match with Germany.

It means he came into the World Cup with minimal game experience, but Gareth Southgate has stuck by him and given him starts in both group games so far. He has justified his selections by assisting Bukayo Saka’s opening goal against Iran and then keeping a clean sheet against the United States.

Friday’s game was crucial because Maguire scored his half-ton for the Three Lions. After the stalemate with the Americans, he posted on Instagram, “Proud moment for me and my family last night, 50th @england appearance.”

“Every time I put the shirt on, I feel honored because I love my nation.” Some wonderful memories and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds. “I’m just a Sheffield boy living the dream.” Rooney, England’s all-time leading scorer, complimented him in the comments section below.

“Brilliant achievement, mate, and outstanding performance tonight,” he wrote. England teammate Jude Bellingham congratulated him, tweeting, “Congrats bro.” “More to come,” United’s official Instagram account stated.

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