Harry Redknapp reveals why Gareth Southgate must ignore Ten Hag treatment of ‘proper’ Man Utd defender

Harry Maguire, Gareth Southgate, Eric Dier England v Germany Credit: Alamy

Harry Maguire, Gareth Southgate, Eric Dier England v Germany Credit: Alamy

Harry Redknapp insists Manchester United star Harry Maguire should start for England in the upcoming World Cup.

Maguire, 29, is currently on the fringes at Old Trafford after a poor start to the campaign. The former Leicester City stopper started in the first two games of the 2022-2023 Premier League. But after failing to convince Erik Ten Hag, he was relegated to the substitutes’ bench.

And a 10-minute cameo at the end of the Red Devils’ 3-1 triumph over Arsenal on 4 September was his final top move. The former Sheffield United centre-back received the nod for the 1-0 Europa League defeat by Real Sociedad.

But he was benched for the following game to FC Sheriff, only lasting 60 seconds in the 2-0 win. Maguire started against both Italy and Germany during the recent international break.

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But he endured a nightmarish engagement against the Germans. The Three Lions man with 48 caps missed a penalty before losing the ball, resulting in their second goal.

Southgate has been criticized for sticking to the center half. But Redknapp has backed the England boss and sees things from a different perspective.

“If I chose the side against Iran on November 21, Harry would be there for sure,” he wrote The sun. “You don’t have to tell me he’s been having a rough time lately. Maguire is such a straight guy, he would tell you that himself.

“Yeah, he deserves a few ricks, although it doesn’t get any easier to get the heartache he is.

“But Harry’s a really decent boy and the only thing he won’t do is shy away from it. He’s also a strong enough character – and a good enough player – to get through this.”

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Redknapp taps Maguire for Qatar start

Maguire is not used to sitting on the bench as he has been a regular for both Manchester United and country. Ten Hag has shown he is not afraid of difficult decisions by pairing Lisandro Martinez with Raphael Varane in United’s rearguard.

And the Dutchman’s tactics paid off as the north-west giants have won four league games in a row.

Maguire will have to work hard to regain his place. But Redknapp feels he has a quality that lends itself to playing at the highest level of the sport.

“The big games – and they don’t get any bigger than the World Cup – you need a big presence and he certainly is,” he added. “On the pitch and in the dressing room.

“Fair enough, he wasn’t great against Germany but he never let England down in Russia and if he gets the chance I’m sure he won’t do it in Qatar either.

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“I would have him in the middle of a back three with John Stones and Kyle Walker or Eric Dier on either side. They are quick enough to deal with the full-back positions.”

And the former Tottenham boss thinks his old-fashioned attitude could serve the national team well.

“He’ll never be the fastest, but I call him a ‘real’ defender, like Steve Bruce,” he continued. “Lives into challenges, never hides, blocks everything, his body on the line every time.

“You need guys like that just like the silkier footballers.”

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