Gareth Southgate says treatment of Harry Maguire ‘a joke’ in passionate defence of England defender | Football News

Gareth Southgate passionately defends Harry Maguire after Scotland fans mock him during England’s win at Hampden Park. Maguire, who came on at half-time and scored an own goal, was subjected to sarcastic cheers from the Scottish fans. Southgate describes the treatment as an “absolute joke” and expresses his anger towards the sustained criticism Maguire receives back home. While Southgate praises the support Maguire received from England fans, he criticizes the actions of their own country, stating that it sends a message to other players. Despite the criticism, Southgate is expected to continue to back Maguire and select him for future matches. Aaron Ramsdale also defends Maguire, sympathizing with him and praising his mental strength. Scotland manager Steve Clarke vows to learn from the defeat and acknowledges the difficulty of playing against England and Spain. Scotland’s next game is against Spain in October, while England’s next match is a friendly against Australia followed by a Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy.

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