Southgate Still Believes Meguire To Lead England Defence


England coach Gareth Southgate insists centre-back Harry Maguire will still be an option in the Three Lions defence, despite the Manchester United player having performed poorly at club level this season.

According to him, Maguire still has a positive side to being in his team. The former Leicester player has joined England to the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup and the 2020 European Cup final.

According to the 51-year-old coach, Maguire can still continue to play at the highest level of football. Throughout this season, Harry Maguire’s appearance with Manchester United has received the spotlight because the player has shown disappointing performances.

Maguire often makes fatal mistakes and not infrequently it makes MU lose important points.

However, Gareth Southgate still called him on the international break this month. Southgate admits he believes Maguire is still capable of performing at a high level.

“There is no doubt about that. Harry will still be our mainstay, and also at the World Cup later if nothing goes wrong and something unexpected happens,” said Southgate.

“He took us to the semifinals of the World Cup (2018) and the final of the Euros (2020), so no doubt he is more than capable of continuing to play at the highest level.”

However, the MU defender was not revealed when England beat Switzerland 2-1, last weekend. Southgate reasoned, not playing Maguire because of his poor performance in his last appearance at Old Trafford.

Conor Coady, Ben White and debutant Marc Guehi started as England played 3 at the back in their comeback win over Switzerland. (Goal/OL-8)