Harry Maguire the human punchbag fights on against critics auld and new | David Hytner

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The former Manchester United captain has become the focus of opposition jeers but is determined to prove his worth

“I can deal with it,” Harry Maguire said. “We knew it would be hostile and in the second half I got most of it. I am happy to go with that, don’t worry about that.” And yet only the hardest heart did not worry for a footballer who has endured so much over the past two seasons and now finds himself buried under an avalanche of mockery at the beginning of a third.

The questions for Maguire were numerous after what he went through in England’s 3-1 win against Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday night, a good result for the team but a harrowing ordeal for him. On as a half-time substitute, the Manchester United defender was ridiculed without mercy by the Scotland support whenever he got the ball, and the grisly nadir came when he stretched to divert a low cross into his own net for 2-1. Even the stadium announcer piled in, bellowing that the Scotland goal was an own goal … “by Harry Maguire!”

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Written by David Hytner
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