Gareth Southgate explains Harry Maguire decision in his World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate explains Harry Maguire decision in his World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate has explained why he included Manchester United star Harry Maguire in his World Cup squad, insisting that he’s one of the ‘best’ centre-backs.

Maguire may have endured widespread criticism from fans over his poor performances, but none of that has put off Southgate, who obviously rates him highly.

The former Leicester City defender has missed seven games this season as a result of a hamstring injury he suffered whilst on international duty.

Upon his return to full fitness, Maguire has managed two starts against West Ham United and Real Sociedad but was an unused substitute during United’s 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.

Many fans thought Southgate would have overlooked Maguire now that it’s obvious he’s no longer in the Manchester United first team but the England boss has explained his decision.

Harry Maguire Manchester United England World Cup squad Gareth Southgate

Speaking about his decision, Southgate said: “We don’t think the young ones [centre-backs] have done quite enough to push the older ones out — he [Harry Maguire] is one of our best centre backs.”

Jadon Sancho and Dean Henderson were snubbed but the likes of Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw will join Maguire in Qatar for the World Cup later this month.

Sancho has been far behind his best and has missed United’s last two games with an illness.