Harry Maguire STARTS for England v Italy in crucial Nations League game, despite falling out of favor with Manchester United… the defender hasn’t started a Premier League game for SIX weeks!
- Harry Maguire has struggled for playing time at Manchester United this season
- Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have outdone the 29-year-old in defence
- Nevertheless, Gareth Southgate insists on Maguire on his English side
- The Three Lions must win tonight to avoid relegation in the Nations League
Harry Maguire will start tonight for England against Italy, despite struggling for playing time at Manchester United.
The centre-back has been taken over by the impressive Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane in United’s defense and has been out of the Premier League for six weeks.
Despite his poor club form, Gareth Southgate seems to see Maguire’s leadership and air skills as essential for this England side, although he may want to protect the 29-year-old by playing him in a back three.
Harry Maguire will start against Italy despite his bad club form for England
The defender has lost his place to Lisandro Martinez (R) and Raphael Varane (L) at Man United
Some fans questioned the logic behind choosing Maguire given his recent form
Fans seemed unhappy with the decision to keep the unformed United captain in the starting XI, with one tweet saying: “Taking Maguire over Tomori is a punishable offence.”
Others asked, “Which grain competition did Maguire participate in?” And doubted the “merit” on which he was bullied.
One supporter looked to see the bright side, commenting: ‘[I] Suppose it’s fresh.’
England go into tonight’s game and need a win to avoid relegation in the Nations League after poor results earlier in the tournament.
Gareth Southgate shows confidence in his centre-back but will play him in a back three
The Southgate men have failed to win in their lost four games and suffered a shocking 4-0 loss to Hungary in June.
Today’s game in San Siro is an important opportunity for England to confirm their status as potential World Cup challengers, especially given that they will only play one more game before the start of the Qatar tournament.
Italy are entering the game in equally disappointing form and will try to come back after failing to qualify for the World Cup.