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27th Sep 2022

Harry Maguire apologises for penalty mistake in Germany draw

Callum Boyle

Harry Maguire

Maguire gave away a penalty on Monday night

Harry Maguire has apologised to England supporters for his mistake in England’s 3-3 draw with Germany on Monday night.

England boss Gareth Southgate stuck with the 29-year-old despite calls to drop him, giving the 29-year-old a huge chance to regain some form.

But Maguire was at fault for Germany’s first goal, fouling Jamal Musiala in the box before being dispossessed as Kai Havertz’s doubled the away side’s lead.

The Three Lions fought back to score two goals in three minutes courtesy of Luke Shaw and Mason Mount before Harry Kane’s penalty looked to secure a first win of the Nations League however Havertz scored again minutes later to ensure a share of the spoils.

After the game, Maguire posted to his Instagram account, apologising for the mistake at Wembley. He said: “Mistakes are part of the game , I apologise. Great fight back and spirit to get us back into the game by the lads . Take the positives and look forward to Qatar . The tough times will make us stronger.”

Maguire has been criticised from all angles and both his manager and teammates have leapt to his defence, with Southgate refusing to single him out.

“There were so many important moments in the game he produced and I think it would be harsh to criticise him for the second when he’s dribbling 80 yards from our goal,” he said.

“These are important players for us. I think our experience on nights like this is critical.

“When you go behind in these games and to have those senior players on the pitch, it is a big influence on the younger ones.”

Meanwhile Luke Shaw added: “Harry is an amazing player, an amazing character. He has taken a lot of stick, probably more than I have ever seen before in football but he never hides away, he is always there.

“People need to understand he is a big part of the England team and they have to accept it.”

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