Soccer News: Maguire deserves more respect, says England teammate Pickford

    Jordan Pickford thinks his England team-mate Harry Maguire deserves more respect.

    Maguire has been the butt of ridicule since a slump in Manchester United’s form last year, with some wondering if he should be in the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

    However, the 29-year-old centre-back has been a key figure as the Three Lions won their first Group B match against Iran 6-2 on Monday.

    “I think [Maguire] you need to respect a lot more, but part of the life of a footballer will be criticized, in football everyone is criticized,” England goalkeeper Pickford told reporters.

    “But Harry is mentally strong, he does a great job of it but yeah I think it’s a bit unfair but his performances on the pitch show how good a player he is and why he has so many caps for England and why he is the captain “Manchester”. United.

    Maguire assisted Bukayo Sake’s first goal against Iran, won all four aerial fights and felt he should have taken a penalty when he appeared to be dragged into the box at 0-0.

    “He did incredible [against Iran], [he was] It was very good last night,” Pickford added. “For the first goal, a pass, then an assist on [Saka] and then maybe he could get us a penalty early on with a VAR decision that was against us.

    “We have a great relationship, I think most of my matches right now have been with Harry playing in front of me. We work very well together and I think our defensive experience with Harry is also very good and he has a very good moment.”

    In a World Cup that has shown some surprise results in its early days, England will be happy to play their first leg with a comfortable win, but Pickford insists they can’t look too far ahead for the next game against United. States on Friday.

    “The situation is that we are here now and the challenge is to go and win the World Cup,” he said. “But there are a lot of challenges to get there and a lot of ups and downs in every football game to get there, but our main goal is to win the World Cup, I think that’s why everyone is here to win the World Cup.

    “We don’t have much conversation about it because that’s what we want and that’s our end goal, but first we have to get to our end goal.”

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