Harry Maguire makes a plea to England fans while his woeful pass to Jack Grealish in the game against Italy gets mocked online.
England’s Nations League campaign under Gareth Southgate has so far failed to ignite as they had to settle for a point against Italy at Molineux.
Mason Mount hit the crossbar and Raheem Sterling missed the target from close range as an experimental Three Lions side failed to break down the European champions.
The result leaves England’s chances of progressing in the Nations League in jeopardy, if they finish bottom, it spells relegation. The draw is enough for Italy, the team who denied them on penalties in that Wembley final last summer, to maintain top spot.
The night was summed up by a long pass sent across the pitch and wide by Harry Maguire, with the intention of the ball meeting Jack Grealish. Fair to say there was no chance of him getting on the end of that one with the video below getting over a million views…
Harry Maguire, what a pass 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ruDEfNKjU8
— AP (@APAF7APF) June 11, 2022
Harry Maguire has called for England fans to throw their full support behind England in the coming months as the Qatar World Cup approaches.
“I know we drew 0-0, but there’s positives to take, lots of good performances,” Maguire told talkSPORT’s Faye Carruthers in the immediate aftermath.
“Obviously lots of areas to improve as well. We take the positives and we work on the areas to improve. We know we can do better
“Over the last three game we’ve scored one goal.
“And the chances that we’ve created warrant a lot more than one goal, so we’ve gotta be a little bit more clinical.”
Southgate and his side have come under scrutiny over the past week with a predictable boring three games producing a lack of goals, excitement and attack.
This was the third of four games in 11 days for England, the schedule being criticised by many, so soon after the Premier League season came to an end.
The Three Lions could only draw in Germany followed an opening defeat by Hungary, and saw boss Southgate make six changes from that result in Munich.
Players had little time to recover for following last summer’s delayed Euros, others argue however that there are no excuses for England as they came up against a well-organised Italian side yet were barely recognisable themselves from their Euros win last summer.
The Azzurri may have been eliminated in World Cup qualifying in a shock playoff semi-final defeat by North Macedonia in March, but their Nations League campaign got off to a more promising start with a draw against Germany and victory over Hungary and they remain unbeaten.
Just two of the players who started against England in the final at Wembley last summer featured in this one, but the visitors still managed to create several decent openings, especially in the opening half when Davide Frattesi missed a big chance to give them the lead in the opening moments when he slid a low effort past the far post, while Ramsdale produced a superb stop to keep out Sandro Tonali.
Ginaluca Scamacca also sent his effort over from a dangerous position as Italy finished the opening 45 minutes the better, however they were unable to build on that momentum in the second half.
This wasn’t the worst performance Harry Maguire put in whilst an England player. He’s used to performing better on an international stage than at Man Utd. But now he hopes his good showings replicates on Premier League matchdays especially under new boss Ten Hag, who will be ruthless in changing it around at Old Trafford to get them back to their glory days.
“Well I know from playing at my club level that when you don’t win a football match, the criticism comes,” he said in response.
“And playing at this level as an international for England is exactly the same.
“We’ve shown over the last four or five years now that it doesn’t affect us.
“We’ve reached a World Cup semi-final, we were a penalty a shootout away from lifting the Euros in our home country and giving the fans probably the best summer of their lives.
“So obviously it’s frustrating not to score goals, we’ve created enough chances to score goals and we feel like we’re in a good place with areas to improve.”
“I think he’s brought top-level football back to the country,” Maguire said of Southgate.
“And I know when you start winning things and getting close, the expectations become higher and higher.
“But he’s brought that expectation back to what it was years ago.
“It’s been years since we were competitive in these top games.
“We’ve reached a World Cup semi-final when no-one thought we had a chance of going anywhere, the Euros final which was obviously a huge occasion under the biggest amount of pressure.
“I think his record speaks for itself. I don’t need to speak too much about Gareth in terms of what he’s done for this country.
“But of course, the more you win football matches, the higher the expectation comes.
“And then when you don’t win one in three games, then obviously there’s gonna be scrutiny.
“But I’m sure we can cope with that and one thing I say is get behind us like they have done.
“The fans have always been brilliant, so get behind us like they do every tournament.
“It’s gonna be an exciting tournament and one that we need to make sure that we’re ready for.”
England: Ramsdale (8), James (8), Tomori (7), Maguire (7), Trippier (6), Rice (7), Ward-Prowse (5), Mount (6), Grealish (6), Sterling (5), Abraham (6).
Subs: Kane (6), Phillips (7), Bowen (6), Saka (n/a), Guehi (n/a).
Italy: Donnarumma (6), Di Lorenzo (8), Gatti (7), Acerbi (8), Di Marco (8), Frattesi (6), Locatelli (6), Tonali (7), Pessina (7), Scamacca (5), Pellegrini (6).
Subs: Esposito (6), Gnonto (6), Raspadori (6), Florenzi (n/a), Christante (n/a).
Man of the match: Aaron Ramsdale.
“The team [Italy] played well and deserved to win,” said Mancini afterwards.
“We only had one big problem, that is that you cannot create 10 clear chances and fail to score. If Frattesi scores early on it is a different game. We have still scored over 100 goals since I took over. It is only in the last six months that we have slowed down.”
Despite claiming that his side should have taken the three points, he praised England and tipped Southgate’s side to push for glory at the World Cup in November.
“England are one of best teams in Europe at this moment because they have many, many good players,” he added. “I think they are one of the candidates to win the World Cup in Qatar.”
“We want to win games and are disappointed not to win,” said Southgate. “We have two or three very good chances that we have to take.
“You don’t have that many chances against top teams. We would like to have created more from the possession that we had. We are very reliant on Harry and Raheem for our goals at the moment and that is a concern.”
“We’ve lacked sharpness when attacking”
Gareth Southgate on England’s draw with Italy 👇 pic.twitter.com/2HFyi4kqP1
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 11, 2022
“I go back to what I am say about all of our attacking players,” he added. “That is an area that we have got to improve if we are going to progress as a team.”
“We keep working on getting the balls into the right areas. In the end, in the attacking areas, the quality of play will be crucial. There has been a lack of sharpness in those areas.”
“The concern is if you don’t have him [Kane] for whatever reason,” added the England boss. “But every team relies on their best players.
“France were dead and buried last night and Kylian Mbappe comes up with something. Our captain’s goal-scoring record is phenomenal. But we have to start to share that load.”
Twitter users reacted as Harry Maguire makes a plea to England fans while his woeful pass gets mocked online…
This is embarrassing to say the least https://t.co/dR3mXH1Ehk
— Jack Church (@jackchurch7) June 12, 2022
@Utibe05: Wtf i was thinking he did something great that’s why he is trending 😂😂😂😂😂 no good from this man
@bbryntt: Even Pita can pass better than that
@SimonTa27816420: Perhaps if we had something to cheer about Harry it would help
@AddictionsPMC: Maguire’s corner flag challenge.
@Matt_YorkDG: Let the football do the talking? It’s been bland and devoid of any attacking threat, that is the football. What’s he talking about
@Twitsham83: His pass last night did a lot of talking 🤣
@buggibuggiman: Danish commentator said “There is something wrong with Maguire’s boots today” and the other commentator said “Or maybe it’s just the perso wearing them”.. short story magurie is great
@RyanNUFC447: We always play our part, it’s a shame you lot don’t.
@MadaharJas: We will as always. But it’s a two-way relationship and you’ve gotta give us something in return. These three matches have been really dire to watch.
@MattHone06: Fuck me how does he keep getting called up for England, and how the fuck is he still at Manchester United 🤣🤣🤣🤣
@sljvilla: Let the football do the talking? Everyone will be asleep 😴 perhaps try some attacking to excite people. Boring boring England
@Matthew06161114: Maguire has no support from me. Utter rubbish for both Man United and England.
@AnfieldRd96: I can’t believe Harry Maguire is a professional football player.
@Darv78: I’ll get behind the team once they drop him and get rid of Southgate
@Eddiec1: Harry, the football was rubbish, the team set up defensive, the approach to the game negative and uncreative, without Grealish we looked like a team going through drills in training! So what does that say to you. To me it says “dreary”and “awful” @HarryMaguire93
@DanBaker113: When your performances reflect on how you speak, we will listen
@NickPri40392240: Acting like he’s already on the plane!? Surely he can’t go unless his form improves? Terrible for United and he was poor last night too.
@ChrisyEdge: FA continue to demonstrate any footballing know how… listen to the fans. We hate the football, tactics, selection and substitutions. Above all the poor inept excuses that this “coach” continually spouts… we have progressively worse and that isn’t going to change anytime soon
@kidcally92: Start performing on the pitch then
@halliday_9: He spoke like this every week at Man U and it made no difference