England midfielder and Manchester City star Jack Grealish has come out to bat for Three Lions skipper Harry Maguire.
Maguire was jeered by England supporters during their 3-0 win over the Ivory Coast on Tuesday night.
Boos rain down on Harry Maguire
Grealish feels that it amounts to unfair treatment of a player whom he says has given his all for his country.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Grealish after the game.
“Harry’s been unbelievable for this country. The Euros, the World Cup, he’s been outstanding and even tonight he’s been brilliant.”
Jack Grealish comments on Harry Maguire boos
Grealish wouldn’t touch too closely on the subject of why Magurire was being jeered but he chose to highlight the value of the Manchester UNited centre back going forward, rather than defend his defensive chops.
“Our first two goals, the first comes from him driving out with the ball and the second one comes from him driving a little bit and then playing the pass into Ollie (Watkins).
“Not every centre-back can have those qualities and, like I said, he’s been a fantastic servant for this country and yeah, he’s been brilliant so I think it was ridiculous for him to get booed and it wasn’t something the team liked.”
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According to Grealish, Maguire won’t let boos and chants get to him.
“Harry Maguire is a strong-minded person. I think his performance tonight would have done him the world of good.
“I also think that will only probably spur him on.”
“Obviously, it’s not nice to hear when you’ve got a job to do.
“I’d be the exact same, you know, It’d make you want to prove people wrong but we had a brilliant relationship with the supporters at the Euros last year and I think we need to keep it like that going into the World Cup.
“On the whole, it wasn’t nice to hear boos for Harry and it was something that the whole team didn’t like one bit.”