Harry Maguire Mockery is “Unworthy”, says England’s Kalvin Phillips

England midfielder Kalvin Phillips supports his teammates Harry Maguire as the much-maligned centre-back prepares for his final World Cup quarter-final against France on Saturday. Manchester United defender Maguire has only started three Premier League games this season due to injury and the arrival of the Argentinian. Lisandro Martinez, but has so far played very consistently for England in Qatar, where he started every match. It marks a major turning point in the fortunes of Maguire, who has been the target of numerous social media jokes following his poor form last season.

Phillips said on Thursday he believes much of the mockery of Maguire is false.

“I know Harry Maguire hasn’t played as much this season as he might have liked this season and he’s made a lot of errors, which I think is very unworthy,” Phillips said in a press conference. .

“I think he is a top professional and a great footballer and all you have to do is watch England play in the big leagues and when he plays for Manchester United, I I think he’s one of the best defenders and I think for England he’s one of the best. top defenders for a long time and especially at league level,” he added.

Phillips feels Maguire, who is up against France’s scoring record Olivier Giroud on Saturday, is a player England can rely on.

“He was always the player that when we had set pieces or when we needed to block or when anyone needed to take on a challenge, he was always the first to do it.

“And he was always the one who headed the ball first. Obviously, he also scored some very important goals,” he said.

“I think a lot of people… because, obviously he’s been mocked quite a lot over the last few years, I think he’s the first person they go to if anything bad happens. With England, he will be the first for anything to be talked about.

“It’s just not worth it. And, like I said, I think if you look at the major tournaments he’s been in and how well he’s performed after that, you can’t really judge him. mocked him because he was unbelievable,” added Phillips.

The Manchester City midfielder also heaped praise on Maguire’s team-mate and central defensive partner John Stones.

“I believe John is one of the best centre-backs in the world right now.

“I’m not just saying that because he’s playing for England or he’s a friend of mine or playing for Manchester City. I really believe it – he’s one of the best centre-backs in the world. He’s very calm on the ball, one of the best centre-backs you can deliver the ball to at the moment.

“His partnership with Harry is also a great partnership – they understand each other very well and support each other, help each other. As of now, that’s probably the relationship. best centre-back partnership at the World Cup”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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