Harry Maguire was booed during last night’s England victory against Ivory Coast.
When the team sheet was being read out to the crowd, there were distinct boos around the stadium as Maguire’s name was announced as part of the XI.
England played a good game, and Maguire helped the side keep a clean sheet in a triumphant 3-0 victory.
After the game, several players and even Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Kane together issued a statement condeming the abuse.
They weren’t the only ones. Speaking after the game as per Ryan Taylor, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I thought the reception was a joke, an absolute joke. I don’t get it. We’re either all in this together or we’re not.”
Similarly, Jack Grealish also felt like an injustice was being served.
“Personally I think it’s ridiculous,” he told Dan Kilpatrick. “Harry has been outstanding for the country, World Cup and Euros… He’s been a fantastic servant for this country… It wasn’t something the team liked.“
“Total embarrassment from whoever boo’d tonight. @HarryMaguire93 has been incredible every single time he’s put on the England shirt. Absolute nonsense now it’s becoming. Back your own players. Especially with a Major tournament coming up,” wrote Declan Rice on Twitter.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also felt the need to back and stand up for his international team mate against the fans who booed.
While we at UtdDistrict accept that crisitism of football players will always be around, and we ourselves always encourage football fans to speak their opinions, we do not accept or tolerate anything we deem to see as excessive abuse.