HARRY MAGUIRE had the last laugh after being cruelly mocked by Iran fans before today’s Group B opener.

The Manchester United defender has come in for much criticism for his form this year, even being booed before England matches at Wembley.

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Iran fans cruelly mocked Harry Maguire[/caption]

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The defender received a great reception from England fans at Khalifa International Stadium[/caption]

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The Manchester United defender produced a brilliant performance[/caption]

Travelling Three Lions supporters couldn’t have given the defender a better reception at Khalifa International Stadium, however, giving him a large ovation before the game.

But the 29-year-old was mocked by Iran fans prior to today’s match in Qatar, with fans bringing mean spirited banners into the ground.

One read: “It’s not coming home because of Harry Maguire.”

While a second jibed: “Harry Maguire your defence is terrifying.”

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He shook off jokes to have a storming game, however, proving a dominant force in the first half.

The centre-half was rarely troubled at the back, but looked assured when called upon defensively.

And he proved to be a huge threat in the opposition penalty area.

Maguire could have had a penalty just three minutes into game when he was bear hugged by his marker after Kieran Trippier swung in a corner.


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He was unlucky not to score, cannoning a header off the bar at 0-0.

He was subsequently able to turn provider, nodding down a corner for Bukayo Saka to volley England 2-0 in front.

The Three Lions went in at the break leading 3-0, with Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling scoring their other two goals.

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Maguire celebrates after setting up Bukayo Saka[/caption]

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