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Gareth Southgate Refuses To Bow To Public Call Over Harry Maguire

Written By Jacobs Dunga

The England boss has speaker regarding the struggling Manchester United centre back ahead of the World Cup.

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Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has said that he’ll not drop struggling Harry Maguire unless it’s untenable to do so.


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The 29 year old has been a shadow of himself since last season and is yet to recover from the bad form that has plagued him in the past few months.

Maguire has however continued to keep his place in Southgate’s team despite being on the bench for most of Manchester United’s games this season.

His three starts for the Red Devils this season have all ended in defeats. His latest poor showing for England in their Nations League matches have also raised eyebrows.

He conceded possession to German youngster Jamal Musiala and went on to bring down the Bayern Munich forward in the area to concede a penalty that was dispatched by Ilkay Gundogan.

He also lost possession for England which led to Kai Havertz putting Germany two goals ahead.

In all of these, Gareth Southgate has vowed to continue picking his favourite defender unless there’s an insurmountable occurrence while also using club mate Luke Shaw as a reference.

“I know everyone will focus on Harry but there were some very important moments that Harry delivered during the two matches,” the England boss said after the game against germane. “Luke Shaw was another example of somebody [who delivered moments], he’s an outstanding footballer.

“So what do we do? Not pick Luke Shaw because he’s not playing enough football or do we pick a player who can do what we saw tonight?

“That’s always going to raise debate but I think in these moments we’ve got to back our best and our most experienced players unless we’re in a situation where it’s almost untenable and impossible to pick them.”

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Former England international striker Gary Lineker has suggested to Gareth Southgate who should be playing in the England defensive set up.

The English backline has seen Maguire become the most frequently used player despite his recent struggles.

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Gary Lineker has however spoken on how Gareth Southgate has ignored in form AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori who hasn’t really gotten a real chance with the national team.

“There’s a guy called Tomori who has excelled at AC Milan,” Lineker tweeted when asked about an alternative plan in central defence.

Tomori has only been capped three times since making his debut back in 2019 and despite his Scudetto winning campaign with Milan, he has not been deemed good enough by the Three Lions manager.

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