Harry Maguire was booed by England fans ahead of the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Ivory Coast, prompting Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney to defend the under-fire Red Devils captain
Rooney, himself a former Red Devils skipper and established international, has backed Maguire to bounce back from defeat hostile reception he received at Wembley before Tuesday 3-0 win above Ivory Coast. Speak with The sunthe Derby County Chef explained: “I was there. It’s never nice to get booed by your own fans.
“Harry is a top kid and a top pro. I know Harry personally. I spoke to him not long ago and he’s a strong character, he has a strong will. I’ve spoken to him a few times as a friend and we had a general chat, but I’m not his mentor. I’m sure the people who booed him aren’t real England fans. Because as a fan you go there to get behind the team. I don’t think England fans are worried about his form for United as long as he’s doing well for England.”
Rooney knows all about troubles with Three Lions fans, having been infamous following England’s dismal 0-0 draw with England Algeria at the 2010 World Championship in South Africa. “Nice to see your own fans booing you, that’s loyal support,” the ex-forward told a camera while stumping off the pitch.
Maguire, who has come under intense scrutiny for his poor club performances this season, has had the support of many Three Lions team-mates and bosses Gareth Southgate, who called the taunt “an absolute joke”. “I don’t know how it benefits anyone. Either we’re all in this together or we’re not,” Southgate said at a post-game press conference.
“I imagine if you asked some of them why they did it, they probably wouldn’t even be able to answer. It’s mob mentality. At one end of the floor you have a hardcore group trying to get his name sung – it wasn’t everyone. Players will look at this and think it could be me. It makes players not want to come. This has happened in the past John Barnes.
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“We need Harry to do well. We’re not going to win a World Cup with a lot of players with three or four caps. That’s never happened in the history of football.” And the 28-year-old’s manager at United, Ralph Rangnikput on a show of support leicester City’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday, Maguire’s former club.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet, but since I’ve been here I’ve spoken to him regularly and he knows my position towards him,” Rangnick explained when asked about his defender. “He was a very valuable player for the team and the club, the captain. I didn’t understand what happened at Wembley, it won’t happen at our stadium with the Red Army.
“He has played well for Manchester United and England in recent years. Gareth Southgate said something after the game and Harry Kane. I didn’t see the game but I heard what happened after they announced the starting line-up. It is difficult to understand.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/wayne-rooney-manutd-harry-maguire-26618934 Wayne Rooney defends Man Utd's Harry Maguire after being booed by England fans