“It’s comprehensible Gareth Southgate stood by him for the Italy and Germany games. I agreed with that call. He needed to have a detailed have a look at him and see if he could get him in control having played so little for United. Additionally it is a mirrored image of England’s limited options. There’s a shortage of quality England centre-backs, whatever the names being recommend as Maguire replacements over the previous couple of weeks.
“That is why Southgate is desperate for Maguire to come back good again. Until the summer of 2021, Maguire played more football for club and country over the previous 12 months than some other player on the planet – proof of how necessary he had turn out to be for Manchester United and England. His dip began shortly after. It must have lasted a number of games, not still be a talking point 14 months on.
“Criticism of his performance against Germany is valid and justified and Southgate must assess if Maguire is mentally right for a World Cup, capable of show he can put all the problems behind him. Previously, it’s something Maguire has struggled with. How can the manager make such an enormous call before the opening game against Iran unless Maguire is playing for his club?”