14 Sep Maguire ‘happy’ to take jeers to help England
Harry Maguire said he can deal with hostile treatment from opposition supporters and that it takes the pressure off his England teammates after the defender was mocked by Scotland fans following his own goal on Tuesday.
The Manchester United centre-back was brought on at half-time in Glasgow with England leading 2-0 before inadvertently handing the hosts a lifeline by clumsily prodding a low cross into his own net in the 67th minute.
Maguire described his treatment by Scottish fans as “a little bit of banter.”
“It pretty much takes the pressure away from my teammates and puts it all on myself,” he told reporters after England’s 3-1 win. “It makes them play better, for sure.
“We knew coming here, when you hear the national anthem and the way they disrespect that, we knew it would be hostile and in the second half I got most of it.
“I am happy to go with that, don’t worry about that.”
He has struggled for first-team football at the Premier League side, although he turned down a move to West Ham this summer.
“The first four weeks were hard because it was one game a week and the manager didn’t select me, but we have lots of games coming up now and I am sure I will play lots of games,” he said.