Aaron Ramsdale launches public defence of Harry Maguire after criticism over England selection
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Aaron Ramsdale has defended Harry Maguire after the Manchester United defender was heavily criticised for his performance during England vs Scotland.
On Tuesday night, Gareth Southgate’s men travelled to Hampden Park to take on old foes Scotland in a friendly clash.
As a result of his own goal, Maguire was faced with heavy criticism over his performance and Southgate’s decision to include him in the squad.
Many felt Maguire shouldn’t be in the England squad after his limited minutes in the Premier League for United this season.
However, Ramsdale launched a stern defence of Maguire during his post-match interview.
The Arsenal goalkeeper said: “I can sympathise with him in a way because I’ve been on the other end of the Premier League fighting to stay up and I’ve been relegated twice.
“When you’re in a period where crowds, pundits or fans, you know, you’re under the microscope and every little thing is analysed in detail.
“If he was playing week in and week out or this noise wasn’t around and he scored an own goal it will probably be brushed under the carpet.”
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Ramsdale added: “He’s tried to do the right thing, clear it and it’s gone in, it’s unfortunate. But at the minute because of the situation and people are overhyping he shouldn’t be playing and he shouldn’t be here.
“Harry Maguire, as we’ve seen over the past few years for England, is one of the best defenders we’ve got. So strong mentally, he’s got a great group of people around him and his family.
“He knows his qualities, he’s always a threat at set pieces, he knows he can defend, he knows he’s a leader and I love playing with him. Tonight was just one of those unfortunate things where it goes into the back of the net. On another day it goes out for a throw-in or a corner.”