REVEALED: Gareth Southgate had a heart-to-heart with Harry Maguire at the Wembley Tunnel after the tie against Germany… with the England boss offering support to his under-fire defender while demanding he be dropped
England boss Gareth Southgate held a heart-to-heart with Harry Maguire after the defender’s last errant display at the Wembley Tunnel.
Maguire was to blame for two of the three goals England conceded in Monday night’s thrilling draw with Germany to put further pressure on his international future amid calls for the centre-back’s downfall grew.
However, Southgate was quick to back Maguire after the tie against Germany as he held a one-on-one meeting with his ailing defender before the 29-year-old left the National Stadium.
Harry Maguire endured a difficult night as England drew 3-3 with Germany
England boss Gareth Southgate held a heart-to-heart talk with the embattled defender on Monday
Three Lions boss Southgate has given Maguire his unwavering support during the current international window, starting him in both games against Italy and Germany and giving a key hint on Thursday that the Manchester United captain remains on the way as a starter will remain in the World Cup.
Indeed, Southgate’s support for Maguire will be of great consolation at one of the most difficult periods of his career.
After Maguire lost his place in United’s starting XI under recently appointed head coach Erik ten Hag, the prospect of Maguire playing regularly in the first team at club level until the World Cup seems remote.
Maguire made two costly mistakes for England in the 3-3 draw with Germany
Still, all indications are that Southgate will remain loyal to Maguire as he finalizes his plans for Qatar.
Maguire is awaiting news this morning on the extent of a muscle injury he sustained in Monday’s clash against the Germans.
Southgate revealed after the game that the defender had complained of a thigh problem after the final whistle.
Captain Harry Kane said: “H [Maguire] ended up with a pretty decent injury there where he played on almost one leg for another five, ten minutes. Great character of his, I’m really proud of him.
“Any individual mistake, you’ll be gutted. But we are a team, we will stand behind each other.
“You will learn from it and move on. They’ve been amazing to us every time they put the shirt on.
Maguire’s name received a mixed reception when it was read out before kick-off at Wembley
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino was at Wembley to watch Monday’s clash.
The former Tottenham manager is currently splitting his time between London and Spain after leaving PSG earlier this summer.
And Pochettino, along with his No. 2 Jesus Perez, won the 3-3 draw last night.
Pochettino could emerge as a candidate for the England job should Southgate leave after the World Cup.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-11254187/Gareth-Southgate-held-heart-heart-Harry-Maguire-Wembley-tunnel-Germany-draw.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Gareth Southgate had a heart-to-heart talk with Harry Maguire after the tie against Germany at Wembley Tunnel