Is it the winner’s margin? England defender Harry Maguire (Manchester United), who was ridiculed for conceding an own goal in a friendly match against Scotland, taunted Scottish fans after their victory.
The British media ‘Daily Star’ reported on the 13th (Korean time) that “England soccer team and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire burst into laughter on social media after receiving compliments from Scottish fans.”
England won the international match against Scotland with a score of 3-1 held at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on the 13th. England, who had a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to goals from Phil Ford (Manchester City) and Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), conceded a goal through Maguire’s own goal in the 22nd minute of the second half, but Harry Kane (Bayern Munich) added an additional goal in the 46th minute of the second half. They achieved a complete victory by 2 goals.
England, who drew 1-1 with Ukraine in the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group C 5th round match on the 10th, defeated Scotland and succeeded in winning the last game of the two-game A-match series in September. .
However, after the game, many people paid more attention to Maguire’s mistakes than England’s results. Maguire, who was substituted at the start of the second half of the day, failed to clear Scotland’s cross in the 22nd minute of the second half and gave up an own goal.
When an own goal gave them an excuse to chase, Scottish fans cheered and taunted Maguire every time he caught the ball and passed it. Afterwards, no additional goals were conceded, and world-class striker Kane widened the score again, resulting in England’s victory, but they almost gave Scotland the lead and the atmosphere of the game.
After the game, many people criticized Maguire and manager Gareth Southgate, who selected him for the England national soccer team. Since the start of the 2023/24 season, Maguire has only appeared in one game as a substitute for Manchester United, but ‘suspicions of favoritism’ arose when he was included in the national team roster.
The only game Maguire has played in since the season opened was against Arsenal in the 4th round of the 2023/24 Premier League season on the 4th. Maguire, who was included on the bench list at the time, was brought on in the 22nd minute of the second half to replace Argentine center back Lisandro Martinez, who suffered a blow to his foot. The result of the game was a 1-3 defeat for Manchester United.
Even though he was being used as a candidate by his own team, coach Southgate, who had always rated Maguire highly and selected him as the starting center back for the England national team, showed his unwavering trust in him. Although Maguire was pushed out of competition for the starting spot in Manchester United, he appeared as a starter in all five games from the group stage to the quarterfinals at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and played full-time as a starter in all five A matches played in 2023, including the game against Ukraine.
During the match against Ukraine, Coach Southgate used Maguire as a center back partner along with Mark Guehi (Crystal Palace). On this day, Maguire played the full 90 minutes and recorded a pass success rate of 95% (97/102), a long pass success rate of 60% (3/5), and aerial duel winning rate of 100% (4/4), leading to manager Southgate’s praise. met expectations.
Maguire played a good game, but the England defense continued to select Maguire instead of players such as Levi Colwill (Chelsea), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), and Lewis Dunk (Brighton), who are all playing as starting center backs in their respective teams. Manager Southgate’s choice to hire has been controversial.
Coach Neil Lennon, who has a deep relationship with Korean players as he coached Cha Du-ri and Ki Sung-yong at Celtic in the past and worked with Lee Chung-yong when he led Bolton in the Premier League, said in an interview with Sky Sports, “Fikayo, who played in the Champions League semi-finals last season, “Tomori is playing for AC Milan, a prestigious team in Italy’s Serie A,” he said, adding, “Try hiring Tomori! Maguire is continuing to drop his value as the number of plays he plays decreases.”
He added: “Players need time on the pitch. That’s why Maguire is seen as Southgate’s pet, so he’s under more scrutiny than anyone else. He’s Southgate’s favorite player.” .
“I’ve been watching Maguire for the last 18 months and he hasn’t had enough game time to be selected for the national team,” he said. “I don’t know how manager Southgate can still justify picking Maguire in the national team. He’s better than any other player. “I choose Maguire,” he pointed out.
“For the sake of his career, Maguire needs to leave Manchester United and play regularly,” he said. “If Maguire comes out and makes a mistake, he will face all the criticism.”바카라
As coach Lennon claimed, Maguire suffered from all kinds of criticism and ridicule after making a mistake and scoring an own goal in the match against Scotland, the game immediately following the match against Ukraine. At this time, despite being cheered and ridiculed by fans of his opposing team, Maguire showed his resolute side by writing his thoughts on this A match on his social media.
On the 13th, Maguire wrote on his SNS along with game photos, “A fun camp with the players, I’m always happy to represent my country,” and “Wherever they go,” he said, “I’m happy to be called up to the national team during the September international match period.” He claimed it was fun.
In particular, the last sentence, “Everywhere they go,” is said to be a quote from a song mocking Scotland. According to the Daily Star, England fans taunt Scotland when they play by singing, “Scotland get battered, Everywhere they go.”
When Maguire, who was ridiculed in the stadium after scoring an own goal, launched a counterattack on social media towards Scottish fans who lost the game, some English football fans became enthusiastic about Maguire’s actions.
Meanwhile, regarding the criticism and ridicule Maguire received after the game, Coach Southgate said, “Maguire is being treated absurdly,” and emphasized, “It doesn’t even seem like a joke. I’ve never seen a player treated as poorly as Maguire.” .
“Maguire has been a pillar of the second-best England team in history,” he said. “Every time he plays, he shows incredible tenacity. He is the best player. Everyone in the national team wants to know him.” “We support him, and the fans are satisfied,” he said, defending Maguire.
Regarding the ridicule made by Scottish fans, he said that it was not a problem, saying, “I think Scotland fans can do enough.”
He said, “The problem is with the commentators on England matches and those who call themselves soccer experts. Maguire is not giving in to criticism and is confidently straightening his shoulders and focusing on the game. He is a player with good character.” Soccer experts from their own countries pointed out that this was an even bigger problem.