The Lowdown: Maguire’s poor form
As the Three Lions prepare to take on Iran on Monday, a big team news update has emerged.
The Latest: England start expected
According to The Daily Mail‘s Mokbel, Maguire will partner John Stones at the back for the game, with United teammate Luke Shaw also featuring:
“The England boss is set to keep faith with Harry Maguire in central defence despite his problems at club level. John Stones is expected to play next to Maguire.”
The Verdict: Massive decision
This is a huge call from Southgate – one that will not only raise eyebrows among United supporters but also fans across the country, given Maguire’s form.
It is a massive show of faith, and while the Red Devils skipper could do well against a team England will be expected to beat based on FIFA World Rankings, how he eventually handles a better opponent will be the real test.
Maguire has rarely let England down, in fairness, with three goal contributions in the last two major tournaments which has seen England reach the semi-final and final, and he can be effective when his form is good, but there is enormous pressure on him to prove his worth in the coming weeks.
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