Manchester United star - and former Chesterfield schoolboy - Harry Maguire receives backing of England boss Gareth Southgate after Wembley boos

England boss Gareth Southgate described the abuse dished out to Harry Maguire ahead of England’s win over the Ivory Coast as ‘ridiculous’

Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 9:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 9:25 am

Maguire, who attended St Mary's Roman Catholic High School in Chesterfield, fell victim to the boo-boys when his name was announced on the team line-ups ahead of the 3-0 win on Tuesday night.

"I thought the reception was a joke. An absolute joke," Southgate told Sky Sports. "What he's done for us and the way he has performed for England has been phenomenal. I don't get it.

"We're either all in this together or we're not. He's in an England shirt and not only should you support someone in an England shirt regardless but when he's played at the level he has, it should be total commitment behind him. So, I don't get it.

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Harry Maguire was booed ahead of kick-off by the Wembley crowd.

"He was pretty faultless, stepping out from the back for the first goal and was involved in the second goal. This team is totally united. We recognise people have difficult moments but he's top player and will come through it."

Maguire has endured a difficult spell with Manchester United this season and has increasingly become the subject for ridicule on social media.