Social Media Buzz: Harry Maguire’s England Showing Sparks Fan Critique
In the aftermath of England’s 1-1 draw against North Macedonia, fans have taken to online platforms to express their discontent with Harry Maguire’s performance. Despite securing a starting position in England’s final Euro 2024 qualifier, Maguire failed to impress, and the Three Lions concluded their qualifying campaign with a lackluster performance.
The Manchester United defender faced scrutiny after narrowly avoiding conceding a penalty in the first half. His errant pass and subsequent clumsy challenge on Elif Elmas went unpunished by the match referee initially, only for a penalty to be awarded later when Rico Lewis committed a perceived foul. North Macedonia seized an unexpected lead with Enis Bardhi converting the penalty, and England equalized through Jani Atanasov’s own goal just before the hour mark.
England vs North Macedonia 1-1 highlights
However, it was Maguire’s defensive display that ignited a flurry of reactions on social media. Fans expressed their disappointment, with one commentator suggesting, “Harry Maguire needs to get in the bin.” Another took a more critical tone, highlighting Maguire’s status as the most expensive defender of all time. The discourse continued with remarks characterizing Maguire’s involvement in a giveaway-foul combination as quintessentially “Harry Maguire.”
This is 100% a penalty.
Harry Maguire was his typical clumsy self and tripped himself up in to the attacker.
How it’s not given is beyond me.
— Mikey Stewart 🏴 (@MikeyTheBuddie) November 20, 2023
As opinions proliferated online, one observer humorously remarked, “Harry Maguire never fails to entertain… How is this man a professional footballer?” The sentiment was echoed in a sarcastic comment regarding Ezri Konsa missing training to witness Maguire’s extended playtime for England.