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Terrible football or bad luck? Social media debates Harry Maguire’s continued decline

England won their historic match against Scotland to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first match played between the two nations. Gareth Southgate’s men won 3-1 thanks to goals from Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane, but it was the goal they conceded that created buzz on social media immediately afterwards.

With England leading 2-0 at half-time, Harry Maguire came on, replacing a solid Marc Guehi in central defense, and after a decent start, the former Manchester United captain converted a ball from Andy Robertson in front of his goalkeeper and in his own net. reviving hopes of a Scottish comeback in the second half.

After his own goal, The Independents Miguel Delaney posted on X: “Who is unluckier, Harry Maguire or Stephen Kenny? Whatever you think of their abilities, both have suffered twists and turns that are simply down to pure bad luck.

Such has been the debate around Maguire on social media. Is his downward spiral a matter of declining skills or bad luck at the wrong time?

Samuel Luckhurst of Manchester Evening News tweeted:

“Maguire is stuck in a never-ending cycle of negativity that will only end when he leaves United. Heckled by Arsenal and Scotland fans this month, things went badly for him in both games. It gives hope to the adversaries. Element of bad luck and carelessness.

His thoughts were echoed by ESPN James Olley who wrote: “Maguire name cheered by Scotland fans as he replaces Guehi. Becoming a troubling theme for him – opposition supporters did the same thing when he was substituted for Manchester United at Arsenal. An English group responds by singing their Maguire song.

While, talkSPORT Rory Jennings said: “Harry Maguire is an absolute calamity. A walking disaster. A punchline. So lacking any natural talent or intuition on how to defend oneself.

“The only good thing that can come from this is that, hopefully, OG will finally dispel the myth that ‘Maguire never let England down’.”

Meanwhile, the England manager, already criticized for picking Maguire in that September squad despite barely playing for Manchester United, has come to the 30-year-old’s defense in his post- match, blaming pundits and commentators for the vitriol he received.

“It’s the consequence of ridiculous treatment of him over a long period of time,” Southgate said when asked about the reception Maguire received from both sets of fans.

“It’s a joke, I’ve never known a player to be treated like he is, not by the Scottish fans, but by our own commentators, pundits, whatever it is, they’ve created something that surpasses anything I have ever seen.

“He has been an absolute pillar for us in the second most successful English team in decades, he has been an absolutely key part of it. I spoke about the importance of our senior players, he played a crucial role among them and every time he steps on the pitch, the resilience he shows, the balls he shows is absolutely incredible, so he is a top player and we are all with him. .”

The gardians Jonathan Liew hit back at the England boss by referencing Southgate’s previous defense of Jordan Henderson’s move to Saudi Arabia, saying:

“Wouldn’t it be great if the England manager could defend LGBT rights with the same energy he defends Harry Maguire.”

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