Harry Maguire worried about England injury as defender sent off with head injury in World Cup opener with Iran

Maguire responded to his critics with a solid performance after Gareth Southgate stuck with the Manchester United defender despite being in poor form.

But striker Mehdi Taremi got the better of Maguire when he netted a consolation goal for Iran and the England centre-back immediately signaled he needed treatment as he suffered from blurred vision.

Maguire then appeared to receive a concussion check from England medical staff as he received treatment on the pitch before being substituted.

Maguire’s injury means he could be a doubt to face the United States on Friday, when England continue their World Cup campaign with their second game in Group B.

Maguire, who started alongside John Stones in a back four, was replaced by Tottenham defender Eric Dier.

His head injury follows a controversial incident early in the match when Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was allowed to play despite suffering a severe concussion from a sickening clash of heads.

Beiranvand also appeared to have a badly broken nose when he collided with his teammate while hitting a cross from Harry Kane early in the game.

But he tried to play for a minute before being substituted.

Brain injury charity Headway called the incident a “total disgrace” as the protocol for head injuries in football was pushed back into the spotlight.

Headway said: “A total shame that the Iranian goalkeeper was allowed to stay!

“Never mind that he then came out a minute later – he shouldn’t have stayed a second, let alone a minute! First test for FIFA World Cup concussion protocol – and first failure pathetic!”

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