Charlie Austin has backed Harry Maguire following criticism of the England and Manchester United defender amid viral video of him stopping the ball in rondos.
The centre-back was a big talking point on social media, for finishing the game with fans reacting after Jordan Henderson’s initial confusion over Maguire’s actions.
The England players managed to rack up over 40 assists while middle men Nick Pope and Jack Grealish struggled to disrupt their pace.
That was until Maguire came on, taking an extra hit, which gave Pope and Grealish a breather.
The group in possession, which included the likes of Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham, seemed a bit confused
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson – who was heard counting completed passes – stopped short to stare at his international team-mate and appeared to say: “What are you doing?”
Since the clip was released, there have been many reactions that have been called “ridiculous” by Maguire’s Three Lions teammate Tyrone Mings.
And Austin was keen to add to the Aston Villa captain’s statement, as he detailed how rondos work.
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“The way an image and video now appears across all platforms is just taken in a completely wrong direction,” Austin said on Drive.
“Everything he said there [Mings] It’s true, you do a rondo, 20 passes you stay, nutmeg you stay, 40 passes you’re for two [rounds].
“It’s like that, he stopped the ball to give them some air.
“Now all of a sudden he [Mings] had to come out to defend him, we have a conversation about a rondo he just stopped the ball to give them a break.
“Even if he gives the ball over there, just takes a touch to let them win one, they still have to stay for two.
“I know it comes down to people getting off on Harry Maguire, but that doesn’t help the situation, does it? The way social media and media propagated this…
“I think for the club it’s up to everyone to make up their minds, and in the world we live in, everybody makes up their minds.
“He plays for one of the biggest football clubs in the world, doesn’t he? He is also the captain.
“You have to be a certain character, I’m not judging his character at all, but you have to take on those responsibilities to play Man United’s centre-half, to be captain.
“He’s also going to England and playing very well for us, at the Euros he was a solid seven/eight out of ten.
“Maybe when he’s with England it’s less pressure, I know it might sound a bit silly but going there, with all the players around him and he seems to have a good relationship with the manager. .”
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