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.
Iran fans cruelly mocked Harry Maguire[/caption]
The defender received a great reception from England fans at Khalifa International Stadium[/caption]
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.
Maguire celebrates after setting up Bukayo Saka[/caption]