Harry Maguire booed by England fans was “not constructive”, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to criticism.
That’s according to talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan who insists football fans ‘have a right’ to boo players for poor performances.
The England and Manchester United centre-back was mocked by Three Lions fans before a ball was kicked in the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Ivory Coast.
There were some boos when his name was read on the tannoy ahead of the international friendly at Wembley, while he was even mocked after his first touches of the ball.
Gareth Southgate called the reaction “an absolute joke”, while his teammates also expressed their dismay.
Jordan Henderson hailed Maguire as a ‘colossus for England’ and said he ‘can’t understand what happened’, while Declan Rice also hit back at boos.
While the reaction towards Maguire may seem unfair, the 29-year-old has endured a poor season for the Red Devils.
The club captain has been criticized for his performance this season, with his side being knocked out of all competitions and facing an uncertain future in regards to their Champions League status for next season.
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The Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League, two places and four points behind Arsenal who sit in fourth place and have one game less.
Reacting to the scenes on talkSPORT, former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan admitted he shouldn’t have been teased, especially before the game started – but added that doesn’t mean fans should be stopped to have their say.
“Being called for your performances is not the same as being mistreated,” said the outspoken host of White and Jordan.
“If you can take praise you should also be able to take criticism, and there’s too much of it in football where it’s a one-way deal, everyone wants to be built up and no one has to suffer the consequences of bad performance.
“I’m not sure booing a player is entirely constructive, but I’m not sure Gareth Southgate reacting to it is entirely constructive.
“If you pick teams on merit, and if you build a team on merit, that’s one thing. If you pick players to build their confidence, then there’s an argument to suggest you should pick Marcus Rashford because Maguire’s form isn’t much better than Rashford’s – so why is Maguire included in the frame?
“I agree, absolutely agree, I don’t see the point of it, I don’t see the point of booing a player who has been chosen for his country, I don’t know why you would want to do that .
“But the other side of the coin is that we have players who lack character, across the pantheon of football we have players who cannot cope with adversity because the only thing they can hear is praise.
“So when you hear criticism all of a sudden it’s an outrage, people abuse people, newspapers weigh in on Harry Maguire, they were making the same comments last year.
“But nobody called him ugly or stupid, they don’t abuse him, they say he’s not good enough.
“If people are [abusing him] I don’t like it and I don’t think it’s constructive, but I also don’t want to get into the territory where the only thing you can do is cheer.
“If you don’t like something the alternative whether you like it or not is for the fans to boo. If not what is the alternative to boos [when fans aren’t happy with what they’re seeing] – quiet?
“Why are they wrong? They can do whatever they want. It is their opinion and they have the right to have it. It doesn’t prove them right, but it’s a fan’s point of view and it’s their right and if that’s what they want to do, then allow them to do it.
“Instead, Gareth Southgate wants to tell people how he thinks they should support England.
“Fans boo and praise in equal measure and Harry Maguire plays poorly. He doesn’t deserve to be on the English side. On its form? God no!
“Boo hoo – they play for Manchester United, the biggest club in the country and their form is not up to par. They should be called up for this!
“Harry Maguire has been an integral part of an England side that when tested lose games, play against inferior opponents, when played against elite opponents in the Premier League he gets a new one torn up.”
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