‘You can’t find form in the World Cup’: Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher insist Gareth Southgate will be ‘SERIOUSLY thinking’ about leaving Harry Maguire out of his team in Qatar after poor England displays added to Man United woes
- Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville question Harry Maguire’s World Cup status
- Neville believes Maguire is making too many mistakes for club and country
- He added that the Man United captain must seek ‘something away from football’
- Carragher labelled Maguire as a big worry for Gareth Southgate and England
Harry Maguire shouldn’t start for England at the upcoming World Cup according to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher as both questioned his defensive capabilities.
The Man United captain is currently nursing an injury and was forced to watch Sunday’s 6-3 hammering in the Manchester derby from the stands as Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both netted hattricks.
Maguire has come in for heavy criticism at club and international level with his recent inclusion in England’s Nations League games calling Gareth Southgate’s selection decisions into question.
Harry Maguire is facing calls to be dropped from the England squad ahead of the World Cup
The Manchester United hasn’t started in the Premier League since August’s defeat to Brentford
Sympathetic Neville admitted that England are lacking an abundance of world class central defenders heading into the Qatar World Cup, but insisted the 29-year-old is making too many mistakes to justify a starting role at the tournament.
‘Maguire wouldn’t have enjoyed watching it but he would’ve understood how hard the job would have been. It’s really tough for him at the moment’, said Neville
Gary Neville (left) and Jamie Carragher have both questioned Harry Maguire’s involvement with England ahead of the Qatar World Cup
‘England just don’t have the pool of centre backs, and he’s got a lot of credit in the bank. If there were world class CBs behind him they’d be in the team but they haven’t.
‘The injury he’s got, Southgate will be seriously thinking about leaving him out the team. Just to protect him, he’s making mistakes.
‘You can’t find form in the World Cup. Now it’s getting to the point where Southgate may be thinking he has to bring in other centre-backs.
‘These things happen to football players and you need to ask yourselves the questions. Harry must seek something away from football, it’s not easy to speak to people.
Maguire was part of the Euro 2020 team of the tournament as England lost to Italy on penalties.
Gareth Southgate picked Maguire for his recent squad that faced Germany and Italy
But since then has struggled for form at both club and international level with him relegated to the bench under Erik ten Hag, last starting in the Premier League during United’s 4-0 loss to Brentford in August.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher labelled Maguire as England’s best central defender but explained he is a worry for England if not playing regularly at Manchester United.
‘He has been England’s best CB. Southgate had to pick him to see where he was at. But they didn’t go well and that is a big worry’, said Carragher.
Maguire conceded a penalty during England’s recent Nations League loss to Germany
‘He doesn’t normally play like that for England. It creates a big problem because the manager wants to pick him but I don’t think it’s a position he can go into a WC with if Harry Maguire isn’t playing.
‘I think criticism is over the top and it is a bullying. Rio Ferdinand and John Terry didn’t achieve what he’s achieved. It’s very difficult for him to start in the WC,’ he added.
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