Harry Maguire claims that the Scotland supporters’ jeers during the friendly on Tuesday at Hampden Park were only “a little bit of banter” and that he “can cope with it.”
The Manchester United defender was taunted by Scottish supporters, who sarcastically cheered his passes. Maguire later scored an own goal in England’s 3-1 victory. After the game, England manager Gareth Southgate blasted Maguire’s “ridiculous treatment,” calling the criticism the defender has received “a joke.”
Maguire, who joined United for £80 million from Leicester, was an important member of the England sides that advanced to the Euro 2020 final and the 2018 World Cup semifinals.
Maguire has had a lot of backlash in the media and on social media, which has caused his fans to boo him for both his England and United performances during a preseason friendly overseas last summer and again this year.
Regarding the Glasgow game, Maguire said: “Coming away to Scotland is a tough environment. We anticipated going here that it would be hostile because of how they disrespect our national anthem, and I received the majority of the banter in the second half.”