Harry Maguire defends place in England team with Euro 2020 performance and suggests Manchester United criticism is ‘for clicks’ in defiant talkSPORT interview after Nations League defeat to Italy

    Harry Maguire gave a defiant interview on talkSPORT to defend his place in the England team after the 1-0 to Italy on Friday night.

    The Three Lions were relegated from the UEFA Nations League following Giacomo Raspadori’s stunning 68th-minute strike.

    Maguire has defended England and his place in the team

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    Maguire has defended England and his place in the team

    There was simply nothing to get excited about from an England perspective, with the latest goalless show leaving England 450 minutes without a goal in open play – their worst run in 22 years.

    The Three Lions are one of only two nations who have failed to score a single non-penalty goal in the Nations League. The other is San Marino, who are made up of part-timers.

    Despite a solid performance at the San Siro, Maguire’s place in the starting XI has been scrutinised after he was dropped by United boss Erik ten Hag.

    The Red Devils captain has endured a prolonged run of poor form – but Southgate looks set to stick with him for the World Cup in November.

    The 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the defeat on Friday night

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    The 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the defeat on Friday night

    When asked about his situation, Maguire told talkSPORT: “I am all good, ready to play, I feel fit and fresh.

    “On my form, I don’t know what has been said, I don’t really read about it.

    “I came off the back of three positive games with England in the summer, and a good pre-season, I felt really good.

    “Obviously, the manager [Erik ten Hag] decided to leave me out for a game, and the team have been winning since.

    Maguire does not look like regaining his Manchester United place any time soon

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    Maguire does not look like regaining his Manchester United place any time soon

    “I am working hard on the training pitch to make sure I am ready for when my opportunity comes. That is all what I can do to try and help the team.

    “I am not concentrating on anybody else and what people are saying, I think if people can make a story about me, I am Manchester United captain, it is going to make big news.

    “So, that is the reason they do it, they like the clicks, and things like that, but I went into the Euros after an eight-week injury, and did not play one game, and got into the team of the tournament.

    “In terms of rustiness, and things like that, I am sure that won’t happen.”

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