Zoe Maguire-Wilkinson, the mother of Harry Maguire, has expressed her strong disapproval of the “appalling” mistreatment her son has endured.
The England defender, who remains resolute, faces significant scrutiny both at the club and international levels.
During England’s recent 3-1 friendly victory in Glasgow, Scotland fans consistently jeered Maguire whenever he touched the ball, with his performance marred by an own goal in the second half.
England’s manager, Gareth Southgate, expressed his frustration at the “absurd treatment” aimed at Maguire, not just by Scottish fans but also by English commentators and pundits. Zoe Maguire-Wilkinson, Harry’s mother, took to Instagram to defend her son, condemning the negative and abusive comments from some fans, pundits, and media outlets. She emphasized that such behavior is unacceptable, especially for someone who dedicates himself to both club and country.
She stressed Harry’s mental resilience and his ability to handle the pressure, acknowledging that what he endures goes beyond the realm of football.
Despite a dip in form and fewer opportunities under manager Erik ten Hag, Maguire remains optimistic and unburdened by the criticism from Scottish fans, noting that it takes the pressure off his teammates.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who previously worked with Maguire at Leicester, believes that the source of the issue lies in abuse from Manchester United supporters, creating a regrettable environment of scrutiny and noise around the player.