Declan Rice posted a message on Twitter last night and launched a passionate defence of England teammate Harry Maguire.
The Manchester United centre-back has been in poor form for Manchester United this season.
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Due to his lack of form, many were surprised that Gareth Southgate selected him for the England squad for this month’s friendlies.
Southgate chose to stick with the centre-back, however, and he played last night for England vs Ivory Coast at Wembley Stadium.
Harry Maguire played at the heart of the Three Lions’ defence and did enough to stop Ivory Coast from scoring. That seemingly wasn’t enough for the England boo boys though.
Maguire was booed before the game from some sections of the Wembley crowd and Declan Rice stood up for his England teammate last night.
Harry Maguire booed by England fans and Declan Rice responds
The 29-year-old has been really struggling with his form recently.
Having joined Manchester United for £80 million from Leicester City back in the summer of 2019 (BBC), Maguire has always been under real pressure to perform and live up to his massive price-tag.
That hasn’t always been the case.
Whenever the centre-back puts in a poor performance, he is a very easy target for the boo boys.
He was booed before he even played for England last night! That really isn’t acceptable.
And West Ham star Declan Rice took to Twitter to defend this international teammate:
Fair play Dec. Everything that he has said there is spot on.
And it applies to West Ham as well. There are times when things haven’t been going well this season and the fans have got on the players’ back.
We need to back whoever wears the West Ham shirt…as long as they put in 100 per cent effort of course.
The England fans who booed Harry Maguire last night were well out of line. Hopefully it didn’t affect the Manchester United defender and he heads into Qatar this winter full of confidence as England look to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966.