'I've never known a player treated the way he is': Southgate slams Harry Maguire's critics

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'I've never known a player treated the way he is': Southgate slams Harry Maguire's critics

Speaking after the Scotland game on Tuesday, Gareth Southgate said: "Harry Maguire has had a ridiculous treatment of him for a long period of time. It's a joke. I've never known a player treated the way he is.

"Commentators, pundits, whatever, they've created something beyond anything I've ever seen. He's been a stalwart for us, part of the most successful England team for decades. He's been a key part of that.

"I've spoken about the importance of the senior players, he is crucial to that. Every time he goes on the field, the resilience and balls he shows is absolutely incredible. He's a top player. We're all with him."

Maguire was mercilessly jeered by Scotland fans on Tuesday night after scoring an own goal in a friendly game in Glasgow that England went on to win 3–1.

The centre-back, who has only featured for 23 minutes for Manchester United this season, has started both games for the Three Lions during the break.

AuthorGeorgy TsepkovskiySourceThe Athletic
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