Gareth Southgate broke his own rule to pick Harry Maguire for World Cup – Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has revealed Gareth Southgate broke his own rule of only picking players in form to pick Harry Maguire in his England World Cup squad.

“Am I surprised? No. I think Harry’s been great in the last two tournaments,” Rooney told talkSPORT.

“It’s interesting actually because when I was in the squad when Gareth came in, Gareth reiterated to me that he’s picking players on form, and I weren’t playing so obviously I didn’t get picked.

“But he seems to have gone away from that now and obviously there’s Harry and a couple of players in the squad who haven’t been playing.

“I think Harry’s a very good professional, he’ll start the games, I’ve no doubt Harry will start games, I’m sure he won’t let England down.”