However, that didn’t stop them from performing well and remaining undefeated in the group stages. They finished at the top of their group, ready to face a tough opponent in the next round.
Harry Maguire started the match after being sent off due to injury. Despite being substituted after 75 minutes, Gareth Southgate was pleased with the defender’s performance after the team maintained their third straight clean sheet.
The United States ace recalled his abilities, not only his physical presence but his leadership qualities.
Maguire, who had been ruled out of the tournament so far due to his ankle ligament injuries, showed no adverse reactions early in the action, certainly not with Harry Kane’s precise pass in the 25th minute. which opened wide the visitors.
And it hasn’t gone unnoticed by Southgate.
“I think Harry was a tough decision. Tyrone was an absolute colossus for us and came into the game at an important time and did very well. ” he said.
“Harry has that presence and that composure. His pass to Kane in the first half was a fabulous ball across the lines – there aren’t many defenders in world football who can do it. It was important for him to get those 90 minutes. ”
Harry Kane is one of United’s transfer targets this summer and although he has fallen short, having yet to score a goal, Southgate’s comments suggest a potentially bright future for the pair at Old. Trafford.
And now Maguire wants more from his English side.
“We decided to win the group and we did it,” said the England international. “Seven points, three games. Can we play better? Of course we can. are we going to improve? We will do everything we can. Three clean sheets, been solid.
“The fundamentals are there and now we have to clean up every part of our game. I still think there is a bit more we can get out of each other and push each other. “