Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has called for England fans to be more lenient with Manchester United defender Harry Maguire in a recent interview.
Maguire received a new wave of criticism from fans after scoring an own goal in England’s 3-1 win over Scotland on Tuesday evening – Ramsdale feels it is unwarranted.
Maguire scored an own goal in the game against Scotland – however, Ramsdale commended him for trying to do the ‘right thing’ in clearing it and said that the end result was ‘unfortunate’.
What did Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale say about Harry Maguire?
Speaking to the press after the game, Ramsdale said [via Football365]: “I can sympathise with him in a way because I’ve been at the other end of the Premier League fighting to stay up, been relegated twice.
“When you’re in a period where crowds, pundits or fans, you’re under the microscope. Every little thing is analysed and detailed.
“If he was playing week in, week out, or if this noise wasn’t around and he scored an own goal it probably would have been brushed under the carpet.
“He’s tried to do the right thing, clear it, and it’s gone in. It’s unfortunate. But at the minute, because of his situation, people are over-hyping [saying], ‘he shouldn’t be playing, he shouldn’t be here’. And Harry Maguire, as we’ve seen over the past few years with England is one of the best defenders we’ve got.
“So strong mentally, got a great group of people around him, him and his family, and he knows his qualities. He’s always a threat in the box for set pieces, he knows he can defend, he knows he’s a leader.
“I love playing with him. Tonight was one of them unfortunate things which it goes in the back of the net, on another day it goes out for a throw or a corner.”
How did Ramsdale perform against Scotland?
Ultimately, Ramsdale had little to do in the game against Scotland, as England largely controlled the outing and dominated possession. The Tartan Army’s attacks were in limited capacity – there was little the Arsenal ‘keeper could have done to prevent their solitary goal of the evening.
Declan Rice also put in a decent performance – Kieran Tierney, however, had a miserable evening as he could do nothing to contain England’s vibrant forays forward.