What Harry Maguire said about Gareth Southgate after England lost 4-0 to Hungary

Gareth Southgate

England head coach Gareth Southgate is under heavy pressure following a winless Nations League run this month, which culminated in a 4-0 loss to Hungary.

The 4-0 defeat to Hungary is England’s worst home defeat since 1928.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has defended Gareth Southgate following England’s disastrous Nations League campaign.

According to Maguire, England can still win the World Cup in Qatar later this year with Southgate as head coach despite the current poor form.

Fans showed their anger towards the England team and Southgate during and after the Molineux loss, with chants of, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’, and calls for the manager to be sacked.

Maguire, who himself was booed while getting subbed on against Hungary, agrees their performance was terrible but says he will back his boss to the end.

“Gareth is the most successful England manager since Sir Alf Ramsey in 1966,” Maguire said.

“We all can’t wait to work with him and the backroom team again at the World Cup. His managerial record is as good as anyone currently out there in international football.

“There’s no reason why we can’t do really well, and our goal is to improve on our previous tournaments and make the country proud.

“We deserved more from the first three games but against Hungary on Tuesday wasn’t acceptable.

“We all know that. Everyone needs a break now and a recharge. The spirit in the camp has been great despite the results.”

What did Gareth Southgate say about England’s 4-0 home defeat to Hungary.

“We picked a young team with energy and when the game started to go against them, it started to look that way. That’s my responsibility in the end,” Gareth Southgate told Channel 4.

“I said to the players, our four matches is my responsibility. I have to balance looking at new players, rest players. We couldn’t keep flogging out our experienced players.

“It was an important experience for lots of young players in these games. We’ve learned a lot in Germany and Italy games. Hungary are a good side and we knew that. I gave them too much to do tonight.

“I understand the reaction in the stadium, what I would say is that in these sets of fixtures, these players have been unbelievable for the country. They have to stay with them.

“Tonight was the sort of night that my predecessors have had. It’s important to stand. I’m not going to say it doesn’t hurt.”

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