“I thought the reception was a joke. An absolute joke,” said Gareth Southgate after England’s emphatic 3-0 friendly victory over the Ivory Coast at Wembley on Tuesday night. But he wasn’t laughing.
When Manchester United captain Harry Maguire’s name had been read out by the stadium announcer before kick-off, boos rang out in northwest London. When Maguire first touched the ball in the game, the same fans jeered once again.
And if we’ve learned anything from the Southgate years, it’s that Gareth loves his boys. Maguire’s one of those boys. One of his favourites. The England manager was raging.
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