England manager Gareth Southgate has passionately defended Harry Maguire following his treatment by fans during the Scotland friendly.
Maguire, who started on the bench, was met with sarcastic cheers from the Scottish fans for every pass he made after coming on at halftime due to an injury to Marc Guehi. The Manchester United defender also scored an own goal in England’s 3-1 victory.
Southgate was vocal in his response to the treatment Maguire received, describing it as a “joke” and “ridiculous.” He acknowledged the perspective of Scotland’s fans but criticized the extended period of criticism Maguire has endured, not just from Scottish supporters but also from commentators and pundits.
The England manager highlighted Maguire’s significance to the national team, emphasizing his resilience and importance as a senior player. Southgate praised Maguire’s performance in the match, stating that he had been a crucial part of the victory.
In his post-match assessment, Scotland manager Steve Clarke acknowledged that playing against England was a challenge and vowed to learn from the defeat. He mentioned that the camp had been successful, with five wins and 15 points in competitive games, and that the objective had been achieved.
Scotland’s next game is a Euro 2024 Qualifier against Spain in Seville on October 12, while England’s next outing is a friendly against Australia at Wembley on October 13, followed by a Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy on October 17.
Southgate’s impassioned defense of Maguire highlights the support and unity within the England camp, emphasizing the team’s commitment to standing by their players in the face of criticism.