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Harry Maguire, England Defender, Asserts His Ability to Handle Scotland's 'Banter'


Harry Maguire of England has downplayed the reactions of Scotland fans during a friendly match at Hampden Park, labeling it as "just a little bit of banter" and expressing his ability to cope with it. Scottish fans mocked Maguire, ironically applauding his passes, and he later scored an own goal in England's 3-1 victory. Maguire suggested that this attention shifted pressure away from his teammates onto himself, possibly improving their performance.

England's manager, Gareth Southgate, criticized the treatment of Maguire as "ridiculous" and a "joke," emphasizing the undue criticism the defender has endured. Despite his past success with the England national team and Manchester United, Maguire has faced a dip in form and lost his starting position and captaincy at Old Trafford.

Maguire has been a consistent presence for the England team, although he was a halftime substitute in the Hampden Park match due to squad rotation for a friendly. He has faced criticism both in the press and on social media, resulting in boos from his own fans during matches for England and United.

Regarding the Glasgow game, Maguire acknowledged it as playful banter in a hostile environment. He mentioned his desire to perform well for both England and United, especially with more games ahead in the Champions League and Carabao Cup.

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale defended Maguire, highlighting his consistent strong performances for England despite criticism. He noted that Maguire's own goal was an unfortunate incident that should not overshadow his overall contribution.

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk, who partnered with Maguire in defense during the Scotland match, expressed sympathy for Maguire, describing the criticism as unfair. He praised Maguire for handling the situation with dignity and delivering strong performances on the field.