Italy legend reveals the one major thing missing from Maguire’s game

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Italy legend, Fabio Cannavaro, has revealed that for all his talent, Harry Maguire lacks the ‘nasty streak’ that a top defender should possess.

The World Cup winner made this known while speaking to The Sun recently, as he drew a comparison between the Man United captain, his Manchester City counterpart, John Stones, and Juventus centre back, Giorgio Chiellini.

He told The Sun: “Stones and Maguire have shown interesting things in recent years. They can both play football, defend and fear no one.

“They are good individually and with the rest of the backline. They are points of reference for Manchester City and Man United — and undoubtedly the two best English defenders.

“When the going gets tough, they take responsibility and are not afraid of trying new things.

“But Chiellini still embodies the spirit of the Italian defender and that level of concentration needed to stop a striker in a difficult moment.

“Maguire and Stones play a totally different type of football and may lack a nasty streak at times. Which Giorgio has.”

“Good players like Maguire will always be worth a lot and we should not be astonished when top clubs invest that amount on talented players,” he added.

“In Italy, we say that great strikers sell tickets but great defenders win matches.

“Players nowadays rightly cost and earn more money than before because of the finances around the game — and players are the main actors.”

Maguire has been criticised this season, for making costly errors for Man United in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

The defender was however, on target during England’s last two games against Albania and San Marino, and looks set to come back better against Watford this weekend.

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