Arry Maguire’s England teammates rallied behind the out-of-form defender today after he endured another night to forget at Wembley.
The Manchester United star made two errors which both cost goals, first conceding a penalty with a clumsy challenge on Jamal Musiala before being denied possession as Kai Havertz doubled the lead for Germany.
Manager Gareth Southgate said this week he was ready to put his reputation on the line by standing alongside Maguire, but the centre-back remains out of form and his confidence appears to be shattered.
Maguire has lost his place in the Manchester United squad and Southgate is facing calls to take him out of the firing line and drop him off at the World Cup.
But England captain Harry Kane insists the team are behind Maguire and revealed the defender suffered an injury last night.
Kane said: “Any individual mistake means you’re gutted. We’re a team, we support each other. They learn from it and move on.
“He had a pretty decent injury and played about five to 10 minutes on one leg. It’s great of him and I’m really proud of him for that. Overall it was a good night. Of course we want to win games, but there are a lot of positives.
Maguire appeared to injure his leg after stretching for a second-half clearance but fought back as England drew 3-3 in their last game before traveling to Qatar’s Havertz pouncing on a fumble from goalkeeper Nick Pope to equalize late.
Chelsea defender Reece James said of Maguire: “When you’re a player and you make a mistake, I think you have enough experience to know you’ve made a mistake and you don’t. you don’t need to be told.
“Harry hasn’t played too much, he’s still finding his rhythm. There’s no doubt it’s just a small mistake and I’m sure he’ll be stronger than before.”
Luke Shaw believes his Manchester United team-mate Maguire has suffered more abuse than anyone he has met in football – but insists England fans must accept he is an integral part of the team .
Shaw said: “I’ll be honest, it’s a tough time right now. Of course Harry is an amazing player, an amazing character. He’s taken a lot of the stick, probably more than I’ve ever seen. previously in football, but he never hides, he is always there.
“You can have people who can hide and not want to be in the spotlight, but he keeps putting himself in the spotlight and it shows the strength and the character that he has because, come on, everyone knows that he is an incredible player.
“At the moment the confidence might not be there because it might feel like the whole world is against him. It’s difficult for him but we as players, the staff, we’re all behind him because he is a very important player and it shows Gareth’s confidence that he played in both games.
“Look at the Euros and what he’s done, people have to understand he’s a big part of the England team and they have to accept that.”