Harry Maguire tests Gareth Southgate’s patience after double mistake costs England goal | Football | Sport
England defender Harry Maguire will be testing Gareth Southgate’s patience after his double mistake led to a Germany goal on Monday night. The Manchester United star has been in dreadful form over the last year and was at fault once again at Wembley as the Three Lions fell behind against the Germans.
Maguire came under fire for his performances last season and has been dropped by new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag in recent weeks. But he has been backed by Southgate, who still continues to pick the 29-year-old for the national team.
Ahead of England’s Nations League clash with Germany, Three Lions fans promulgated their views on the player as they booed him during the warm-up and then jeered him once again as the team came out for the match. And Maguire’s evening went from bad to worse as he cost England dearly during the encounter.
The first half proved to be a stalemate in the capital as neither team were able to break the deadlock. But Maguire gifted Germany the opening goal in the early stages of the second period.
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But Southgate’s side refused to roll over as the goals finally sparked them into life at the other end of the pitch. Luke Shaw reduced the hosts’ deficit with just under 20 minutes of the contest remaining as he drove a half volley beyond away keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. And Mason Mount then fired his side level four minutes later.
England incredibly took the lead inside the final 10 minutes as Harry Kane struck an unstoppable penalty into the top corner after Jude Bellingham had been fouled. But Nick Pope spilled a shot at the other end as Germany equalised with three minutes remaining as Havertz bundled home his second. And the teams ended up sharing the spoils.
Southgate, himself, is coming under pressure as England manager as his team have failed to win any of their last six matches. And the former defender must now decide whether he will continue to put his faith in Maguire after being let down by the star in the final Three Lions match ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
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