Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has issued an apology and admitted to making mistakes during England’s 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley on Monday night.
It was a bad night for the United defender. Maguire was at fault for Germany’s opening goal, as he not only gave the ball away in the build-up, but then went on to bring down Jamal Musiala inside England’s box to concede a penalty, as Ilkay Gundogan calmly slotted the ball past Nick Pope to make it 1-0.
Chelsea’s Kai Havertz made it 2-0 to the visitors with a superb curling effort, before United full-back Luke Shaw started the comeback with a goal in the 71st minute.
The Three Lions appeared to have sealed all three points after two quickfire goals from Mason Mount and Harry Kane put the hosts 3-2 up at Wembley with just five minutes to play, only for an error from Pope saw Havertz gifted with his second goal of the night, as the game finished 3-3.
Questions over Maguire’s place in Southgate’s side were asked when the 28-man squad was first announced, given his United form of late. And the 29-year-old will have only heightened the scrutiny around his selection following his performance.
Erik ten Hag has not started the central defender in any of the subsequent Premier League games following United’s sobering 4-0 defeat to Brentford, and his display on Monday night will surely not have convinced the Dutchman to reinstate the centre-back into his starting XI.
After the game, Maguire took to social media to apologise for his poor performance. He posted on Instagram, saying: “Mistakes are part of the game, I apologise. Great fight back and spirit to get us back into the game by the lads . Take the positives and look forward to Qatar. The tough times will make us stronger.”