In England, Harry Maguire’s performance is frequently seen as the head of Jut, but following his display against Iran, the defender has received numerous accolades. The English press has praised one amongst his best efforts for The Three Lions.
Maguire received an 8 from The Sun, the Daily Express, the London Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Independent, the Daily Mirror, and Sky Sports; only The Telegraph gave him a 6 for his performance. Just when Harry Maguire felt his season couldn’t get any worse, he rediscovered his previous form at Khalifa International Stadium.
“He looked poised, his passes between the lines were brilliant, and he caused tremendous havoc in the vanguard,” according to the newspaper, referring to a header against the crossbar and an early clash with Milad Mohammadi that may have resulted in a penalty kick. A head injury stopped his match with 20 minutes remaining. “However, that setback does not change the fact that he performed an unrivalled game for England.”
Harry Maguire’s performance against Iran compared to his against Germany
“He has now provided one of his best games for England after playing his very worst game for England in September’s 3-3 stalemate with Germany,” the tabloid stated. According to The Sun, after being confronted by Iranian supporters, Maguire had the last laugh. They displayed inscriptions such as ‘It’s not coming home due to Harry Maguire’ and ‘Harry Maguire, your defence is terrifying’ prior to the duel.
Rio Ferdinand, a former top defender, is likewise happy with the Manchester United goalkeeper’s performance. “I told him just before game that this was the most significant game of his life. How would he react if things didn’t go smoothly today? Today went smoothly, and he accomplished everything that was asked of him. In the opposition’s sixteen-meter zone, he was threatening.” Ferdinand adds in his podcast FIVE, “he hit the crossbar, set up a goal. And dominated the game from the back alongside John Stones.”
Maguire did lose his mark Mehdi Taremi before Iran’s striker made it 4-1, according to the English media. “Just when you thought ‘take that, haters!’ he’d lost his man. Before Iran’s goal, despite being hit by then,” reports The Sun. Maguire’s vision was said to be clouded. “Maguire wasn’t feeling good,” national team manager Gareth Southgate concurred. “He already issued a signal before Iran’s first goal. We could see no reason to leave him out given the status of the game.”