Vieira defends Maguire’s England team: ‘Sometimes the media show him a lack of respect’

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has defended Harry Maguire’s selection into England’s World Cup squad and believes the Manchester United centre-back occasionally shows a “disrespect”.

Vieira, 46, spoke at a news conference ahead of his team’s trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and a day after some of his players expected to be named in England’s 26-man squad for the World Cup. , namely Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell and Eberechi Eze, were ultimately passed over.

When asked about Maguire’s inclusion in the team, Vieira told reporters: “I think sometimes you (the media) show a lack of respect towards Maguire and towards some of the players who have been selected in the national team. .

“Maguire is a top player who has a very strong character. Sometimes you can play well and sometimes you can play badly, but that doesn’t take away from the quality that he has and the personality that he has.

“The England team will benefit from that.”

Maguire has had a difficult campaign for United this season, starting just one Premier League game under Erik ten Hag since he was in the XI in the 2-1 loss to Brighton and the 4-0 defeat at Brentford in the first two games.

On the international stage, however, he has been an ever-present and reliable figure, making 48 appearances since making his senior debut in 2018. This included being part of the 2018 World Cup campaign, where England reached the semi-finals. , as well as Euro 2020, where they were finalists with Maguire subsequently named in the Team of the Tournament.

Vieira also commented on Guehi’s omission, saying the 22-year-old centre-back must remain consistent and have faith that he will receive opportunities on the international stage.

“Regarding Marc, what I had to do is continue to be consistent in his performances,” he said.

“Marc, if you compare him to Maguire, the difference is that Maguire knows things at that international level that Marc doesn’t know yet.

“The coach has to make a decision about what he wants for that tournament. Again, Marc, or anyone else, must respect that decision and make a judgment call at the end of the tournament.

“The coach knows the player better than us. The coach knows what he wants from the players and how he wants to play the game. The nation has to trust, believe and stand behind the manager. Then, when the tournament is over, everyone can have their say.

“I think what England needs is for the opinion of the nation to be behind and support the manager’s decision.

“So, he sees how it goes.”

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