Italy 1-0 England: Harry Maguire gave fighting interview after tough night

Harry Maguire is yet to win a football match in which he’s started in 2022/23.

With Manchester United, the defender has featured from the off on three occasions, the defeats to Brighton, Brentford and Real Sociedad.

Despite his poor form at club level, Maguire was handed another start by Gareth Southgate in England‘s UEFA Nations League match against Italy on Friday night.

And once again, Maguire tasted defeat, with the Azzurri winning 1-0 on home soil thanks to Giacomo Raspadori’s brilliant second half goal.

All in all, it was yet another night to forget for England, who’re now winless in their last five outings.

As for Maguire, he was below-par once again and it seems strange that Southgate hasn’t opted to drop him in favour of Fikayo Tomori – who’s been balling at AC Milan.

Yes, Maguire has delivered the goods on international duty in recent times, but his form at the moment is simply not good enough to warrant a place in the starting XI.

England's Harry Maguire in action
MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23: Harry Maguire of England reacts after the final whistle of the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between Italy and England at San Siro on September 23, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

What did Maguire say after Italy 1-0 England?

The United captain still came out swinging in his post-match interview, though.

Shortly after England were beaten in Milan, Maguire told talkSPORT: “I am all good, ready to play, I feel fit and fresh. On my form, I don’t know what has been said, I don’t really read about it.

“I came off the back of three positive games with England in the summer, and a good pre-season, I felt really good. Obviously, the manager [Erik ten Hag] decided to leave me out for a game, and the team have been winning since.

“I am working hard on the training pitch to make sure I am ready for when my opportunity comes. That is all what I can do to try and help the team.

“I am not concentrating on anybody else and what people are saying, I think if people can make a story about me, I am Manchester United captain, it is going to make big news.

“So, that is the reason they do it, they like the clicks, and things like that, but I went into the Euros after an eight-week injury, and did not play one game, and got into the team of the tournament.

“In terms of rustiness, and things like that, I am sure that won’t happen.”

England's Harry Maguire on the ball vs Italy
MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23: Harry Maguire of England runs with the ball during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between Italy and England at San Siro on September 23, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Fair play, Harry. He’s been the subject of criticism for quite some time now, but the centre-back isn’t letting it get the better of him ahead of the Qatar World Cup later this year.

However, there’s no getting away from the fact that it was a shaky display by Maguire at San Siro on Friday, with several videos of the defender in action doing the rounds on social media.

A clip of the former Leicester City man kicking the ball out for a corner after a save from Nick Pope on Gianluca Scamacca has gone viral on social media.

Video: Maguire’s clearance after Pope’s save on Scamacca

Maguire took the ‘safety first’ option, but it did look a tad needless. Although Pope didn’t exactly help matters by not claiming the ball after his save.

In the second half of proceedings, the United man was a bit all over the place when attempting to play an offside trap and luckily for him, Italy didn’t benefit.

Video: Maguire trying to play offside vs Italy

Southgate may be forced into making a big call on Maguire’s place in the team at the World Cup, especially if Tomori, Dier and John Stones keep playing well at club level…

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