Harry Maguire insists he was never concerned about missing out on England’s World Cup squad
‘I believe in myself a lot’: Harry Maguire insists he was never worried about missing out on a place in England’s World Cup squad despite his troubles with Manchester United as the defender prepares to win his 50th cap against United Joined.
England defender Harry Maguire never feared missing out on the World Cup despite his relatively indifferent form for Manchester United this season.
No longer the first choice under United manager Erik ten Hag this season, Maguire will retain his place for England’s second Group B game against the United States on Friday.
Harry Maguire says he was never worried about missing out on England’s World Cup squad
Maguire said: ‘I have great confidence in myself. When I go to the training camp I work as hard as possible and that gives you a good preparation to perform at the best level.
“I want to play every week for my club, so I’m going to fight to get back in the team, but I feel fresh and I knew the World Cup was coming up, so I did extra shifts.”
Maguire, who has 49 caps for England, has kept the faith of England manager Gareth Southgate.
England boss Gareth Southgate praised Maguire and his ability to play from behind
Maguire is in line to win his 50th cap for England against the United States.
Despite England having other options to partner John Stones, such as Eric Dier, Southgate has persisted with Maguire.
Southgate praised Maguire at his pre-match press conference.
Southgate said: “We wanted to build our team on the ability to play from the back, Harry and John Stones have provided that incredible platform to build on.”
That is the starting point. They defend well, we have a good spirit among the defenders, they fight among themselves and are determined.
“They pride themselves on keeping clean sheets, although they need to cheer up on that at the moment. It’s great for Harry to have the 50th cap from him and it’s well deserved.’
The defender was a key player in the England team that reached the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Last year, Maguire was named in the team of the tournament after England reached the Euro 2020 final.
The 29-year-old had to be substituted during the win over Iran after suffering blurred vision, but is ready to play against the United States.