Harry Maguire calls for calm over England criticism: ‘We got to a World Cup semi-final playing like this’

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Harry Maguire has defended England and Gareth Southgate from criticism relating to their style of play, pointing out they did well at the last World Cup and Euro 2020 playing the same way.

England drew 0-0 with Italy in Molineux on Saturday, leaving them with two points after the first three games of the Nations League.

Also worrying is that the Three Lions have not scored a single goal in the opener in those games, scoring alone on penalties during the week in a 1-1 draw with Germany.

Manager Southgate has been criticized for speculative tactics, which many see as the cause of the issue.

But Maguire is unsure, suggesting that they are making no difference when reaching the 2018 World Cup semi-finals or the Euro 2020 finals.

“[Southgate’s] record for the past four years speaks for itself,” Maguire told BBC Radio 5 Live. “When you play at a high level there is pressure and scrutiny and criticism, and every game you don’t win there will always be criticism [after that].

“In the last few games we have not scored enough goals, but we have reached the semi-finals of the World Cup playing this way and we have come out on penalties to win the Euro in our country, which would be another one. of the greatest times the world has ever seen. ”

Maguire then urged England fans to follow the team, as it was six months before the World Cup.

“Let the ball speak. Everyone will follow us for the World Cup and keep pushing us, we are doing our best to improve,” he continued.

“We have shown that there are still areas that we need to improve and if we want to lift the World Cup we must strive for development.

“Every day when we are together we have to strive for that because we want to set the standard and the next [goal] is to lift the trophy.”

The next England will play home to Hungary on Tuesday as they look to finally get their first Nations League win of the year and exit Group A3.

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