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Harry Maguire’s mother leaps to Manchester United player’s defence



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Harry Maguire’s international break has seen him draw criticism once again as England faced Scotland in an international friendly.

Coming on as a second-half substitute for the injured Marc Guéhi, Harry Maguire scored an own-goal against Scotland, and although England ultimately won the fixture 3-1, he was certainly a big post-match talking point.

During the tie, Maguire was booed and jeered by both sets of fans, with this not being the first time that he has been heckled during a friendly fixture – the same happened during Manchester United‘s 2022 pre-season tour of Australia.

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Speaking after the game, Zoe Maguire, the player’s mother, took to Instagram to defend her son.

“As a mum seeing the level of negative and abusive comments which my son is receiving from some fans, pundits and the media is disgraceful and totally unacceptable to any walk of life never mind someone who works his socks off for club and country,” she wrote.

“I was there in the stand as usual, It’s not acceptable what’s been created, over nothing. I understand that in the football world there are ups and downs, positives and negatives but what Harry receives has gone far beyond ‘football’.

“For me seeing him go through what he’s going through is not ok. I would hate to have to see any other parents or players go through this in the future, especially the young boys and girls breaking through the ranks today.

“Harry has a massive heart and it’s a good job he’s mentally strong and can handle it as others may not be able to. I wish this sort of abuse on nobody.”

Harry Maguire’s mother, Zoe, on Instagram.