Reece James has defended England stalwart Harry Maguire after the defender had another difficult night against Germany in the Nations League at Wembley Stadium

Reece James speaks out about Harry Maguire’s struggles after the Manchester United star makes another mistake against Germany.

Reece James has defended England stalwart Harry Maguire after the defender had another difficult night against Germany in the Nations League at Wembley Stadium.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has lost his place at the heart of Erik ten Hag’s defense, with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez forming an impressive partnership that has fueled the Red Devils’ recent revival.

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Despite his lack of playing time, Gareth Southgate has kept faith in a player who has been a key component of England’s victories at the last two major tournaments

He said: ‘I think when you’re playing and you make a mistake you don’t need to be told. I feel like you’re experienced enough to know you’ve made a mistake and you don’t need to be told.

‘Harry hasn’t been playing too much this season. He’s still finding his rhythm. We know the quality he has. There’s no doubts. It’s just a little step up and I’m sure they (Maguire and Pope) will bounce back and be stronger.’

James also offered his support to Chelsea teammate Mason Mount who was back on the scoresheet after a difficult spell at both club and international level.

He added: ‘I don’t really have to talk too much about Mason. The last three years everyone can see how good he is and what he provides. Whenever he gets a chance he likes to bring the best he can and provide for the team.’

Meanwhile, Southgate has been heavily chastised for his stance on Maguire, but he insists he will continue to support a player who exemplifies the qualities he seeks in his team.

Southgate said: ‘I know everyone will focus on Harry but there were some very important moments that Harry delivered during the two matches.

During his post-match press conference, Maguire was asked about his latest gaffe, as well as his lack of game time for Manchester United.


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