Harry Maguire recently started for England in their 1-1 draw with Ukraine, a decision that has raised eyebrows due to his ongoing struggles at Manchester United. However, Leicester defender Conor Coady has come to Gareth Southgate’s defense for maintaining faith in Maguire.
The 30-year-old center-back has been finding it challenging to make an impact under Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, but Southgate continues to believe in his abilities.
Maguire completed the full game during England’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifier, and Coady has publicly supported Maguire’s continued involvement with the national team despite the ongoing debate.
Coady stated, “We all witness the debate when a squad is announced, with people expressing their opinions on who should and shouldn’t be included.”
He went on to emphasize the importance of having consistent, reliable players within the squad. “While there may be discussions about H [Maguire] not featuring as much for United or other factors, when you’re on England duty, you realize how influential H is within the team.”
Coady stressed that, from both a fan’s perspective and the viewpoint of fellow players, it’s vital to recognize that a successful team requires experienced players who have a wealth of international experience, and Maguire brings precisely that to the squad and more.
Despite not playing a single minute in the Premier League at the time of his selection, Maguire made a cameo appearance in a match against Arsenal after Lisandro Martinez was forced off due to injury.
Coady downplayed Maguire’s club struggles and highlighted his consistent performances for the national team, saying, “To be honest, every time I’ve played with him for England and been in a squad with him, he’s delivered. Every time he’s on the pitch, especially for the younger players, he’s an invaluable presence and mentor for the up-and-coming talents.”
This endorsement from his England teammate demonstrates the trust and belief that Harry Maguire still enjoys at the international level, despite facing challenges at his club.