England manager, Gareth Southgate has admitted he was worried about Harry Maguire’s career, after his sending off against Denmark during the last international break.
The defender, who had started the new football season in a rather underwhelming manner, cut a dejected figure after seeing red back in October, for a poor challenge.
The incidence also took place at a time when he had just been convicted of aggravated assault in Greece, with criticisms flying in his directions from fans and pundits.
But the former Leicester man has responded superbly with an impressive performance against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, as he got on the score sheet, and captained his side to a 3-0 win.
Speaking after the game, Southgate revealed he was impressed with the display, while admitting he initially worried for the United captain.
“I was really pleased with Harry”, the England manager said.
“I felt that the red card could bottom everything out. You could see on his face when he was walking off the pitch that night, how he was just having one of those spells where he must have felt everything was against him.
“I had some good conversations with him and I know his club would have supported him and his club performances were solid after that.
“Against Ireland I thought it was important to get him back in an England shirt. It was a lovely moment for him to captain the team and to get the goal as well is a real boost – so that was great to see.”
England will be facing Belgium in the UEFA Nations League later today, but Maguire will not be playing, as he serves his suspension.