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  • September 27, 2022

LUKE SHAW has backed Manchester United pal Harry Maguire after the England defender's errors cost the Three Lions the chance to beat Germany.
Maguire was at fault for bringing down Jamal Musiala before gifting the visitors a counter-attack goal in the second half.
Gareth Southgate's side went on to draw the game 3-3, coming from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 at one point, after Harry Kane's penalty.
Shaw said: "I will be honest, it is a tough period at the moment.
"Of course 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.
"You can have people that can hide away and not want to be in the spotlight but he keeps putting himself in the spotlight and it shows the strength and character he has got because, come on, everyone knows that he is an unbelievable player."
Maguire later apologised on Instagram for his errors.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo sported a black eye in Portugal training after betting bloodied during their 4-0 win over Czech Republic.
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Ronaldo's Portugal 'better than Spain'
Spain boss Luis Enrique has ruffled a few feathers by saying he thinks Portugal are better than his own national side.
Portugal – who boast talent including Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva – will host Spain in a Nations League clash this evening.
Ex-Barcelona boss and playing legend Enrique, 52, said: "Regarding Spain today, Portugal has better players than Spain.
"Starting players in the Premier League, La Liga and other championships. It exports a lot of players, it's very interesting.
"I hope both teams triumph in the World Cup."
Antony and Casemiro watch
Manchester United fans might be watching Brazil versus Tunisia tonight with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.
New Red Devils superstars Antony and Casemiro could both feature in the friendly for the Samba Boys and both will be determined to cement their World Cup credentials in a superstar-packed squad.
And while United supporters will be hoping for thrills from at the Parc des Princes from their Boys from Brazil – they will also be praying neither picks up a knock ahead of Sunday's crunch derby at Manchester City!
James can relate to Maguire
David James says he has first-hand experience of the type of criticism Harry Maguire is now facing.
The retired England keeper, 52, was once dubbed 'Calamity James' for blunders he made during his 26-year playing career.
Manchester United and Three Lions centre-half Maguire is currently facing similar scrutiny after a testing start to the season for club and country.
James told GGRecon: "I feel for Harry Maguire on the basis where he doesn't seem like he can do a lot right in people's eyes.
"I've been in that position myself where it's almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
"It's like people wait for you to make a mistake and do something that's not quite right, and that's what they were expecting.
"He's not starting for his club at the moment but I feel that Erik ten Hag is almost re-introducing him to the side rather than being dropped."

Rashford in for Sterling call
David James says England would benefit from replacing Chelsea's Raheem Sterling with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford in their starting line-up for the World Cup.
The retired 53-cap Three Lions keeper, 52, believes Rash is finally showing his true potential for his club and is ready to help spearhead a successful campaign in Qatar.
James told the Games Cabin: "I'd be looking to get Marcus Rashford in England’s starting XI because this season he's producing the form that Manchester United and England fans have been waiting for.
"I'd possibly have Marcus Rashford in there instead of Raheem Sterling.
"Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane would be my preferred front three, but it would be a tight call as Mason Mount is one of my favourite footballers."

Cantona praises Giggs and Maldini
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says retired duo Ryan Giggs and Paulo Maldini should be heralded for their career-long dedication to one club.
Wizardry Wales winger Giggs played for 24 years for Manchester United – the same length of time legendary Italy defender Maldini starred for AC Milan.
Cantona, whose 14-year career also saw him play for a number of French clubs and enjoy a title-winning spell with Leeds United, told The Athletic: "I admire Ryan Giggs or Paolo Maldini, who played in the same club for 20 years as a professional.
"I admire them because me I cannot do it, I get bored very quickly, maybe because I have other passions."

Drop for Maguire odds slashed
It is now odds-on for Harry Maguire to be dropped for England's World Cup opener against Iran.
Ladbrokes are offering 8-11 for the Manchester United to not be in the Three Lions starting XI for their first game in Qatar on October 21.
Maguire drew criticism for defensive mistakes in last night's 3-3 with Germany at Wembley but has been repeatedly backed by his national team boss Gareth Southgate.
Juventus linked with De Gea
Italian giants Juventus could move for unsettled Manchester United keeper David De Gea nest summer, according to Calciomercato.
They report the Old Lady might be making a call to Old Trafford if the Spain star does not renew a deal which runs out in June and therefore becomes a free agent.
James backs Maguire's "quality"
Reece James says nobody in the England camp doubts Harry Maguire's "quality".
Manchester United centre-half Maguire was under pressure heading into back-to-back Nations League games against Italy and Germany – and his performances did nothing to placate his critics.
Chelsea defender James started next to Maguire in defence in both games and says the squad are still right behind him.
He added: "When you are playing and make a mistake you are experienced enough to know you made a mistake, so you don’t need to be told.
“Harry has not been playing too much this season. He has been finding his rhythm, we know the quality he has."
Maguire's vote of confidence
England boss Gareth Southgate has vowed to keep starting under-fire Harry Maguire until it is "untenable" to do so.
The Manchester United centre-half looked like his sporadic game time for his club had affected his sharpness for international action over the weekend.
In case you live under a rock, Maguire gave away for the penalty for Ilkay Gundogan's opener for Germany and was criticised for Kai Havertz's second in last night's 3-3 at Wembley.
Southgate said Maguire's display would "raise debate" but added: “We have to back our best and most experienced players unless we are in a situation where it is almost untenable and impossible to pick them."
Game on
Jadon Sancho skipped watching England vs Germany – and instead posted a snap of FIFA 23.
The Manchester United winger was left out of the squad for the September international break by Gareth Southgate.
Sancho, 22, was a surprise omission after scoring three goals in his last six matches for United.
But as his pals drew 3-3 with Germany in the Nations League at Wembley – the Three Lions' last game before the World Cup – Sancho appeared to have his attention elsewhere.
The 23-cap star, who last featured for his country in October 2021, posted on his Instagram story around the same time as kick-off.
The photo simply showed a TV with the loading screen for the new FIFA 23 game – which is officially released today.
Maguire apologises on Instagram
Harry Maguire has taken to social media to say sorry for his mistakes during England's 3-3 draw against Germany.
He got some love and support from Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice.
He said: "Mistakes are part of the game, I apologise.
"Great to 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."
More Shaw on Maguire
He added: "At the moment the confidence might not be there because it might feel like the whole world is against him, it is tough for him but us as players, staff we are all behind him because he is a very important player and it shows Gareth's trust that he has played in both games.
Look at the Euros and what he has done, people need to understand he is a big part of the England team and they have to accept it.
Shaw backs Maguire after horror show
Luke Shaw has rallied behind his Manchester United team-mate Harry Maguire, following the England defender's horror show in their 3-3 draw against Germany.
Maguire was responsible for two of the German goals as England went 2-0 down before roaring back to go 3-2 ahead, only to get pegged back late on.
Shaw said: "I will be honest, it is a tough period at the moment.
"Of course 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.
"You can have people that can hide away and not want to be in the spotlight but he keeps putting himself in the spotlight and it shows the strength and character he has got because, come on, everyone knows that he is an unbelievable player."
Good morning Man Utd fans
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire and Nick Pope were guilty of slapstick defending — as three crazy clangers saw England go SIX competitive matches without a win for the first time.
England had produced a stunning comeback to going 2-0 down after Maguire’s errors in the second half.
Then keeper Pope also blundered to blow the chance for a perfect Wembley send-off to the World Cup.
England boss Gareth Southgate had staked his reputation on Manchester United man Maguire — despite the under-fire defender being axed by his club.
Fans also booed Maguire as his name was read out before kick-off.
And then he clumsily gave away the second-half penalty which gifted Germany the lead AND was at fault for their second goal after being robbed of the ball for the visitors to break from their own half.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries is flattered by interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.The Netherlands star, 26, told Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf: “The interest flatters me, of course.
“But my focus now is only on Inter.
“We want to win the Scudetto because we lost it last season.”
Derby weekend in the Premier League
International football is now over for England until the World Cup in November.
And what a weekend of Premier League action we have in store coming up.
Two HUGE derby matches are to take place this Saturday and Sunday.
First off, Arsenal host Tottenham in the North London derby on Saturday lunchtime.
Then on Sunday, Manchester United travel to Manchester City in a blockbuster clash at the Etihad.
Bellingham set to snub Premier League
Jude Bellingham would prefer a move to Real Madrid over the Premier League.
That is according to Marca, who claim the Borussia Dortmund man, 19, is keen to sign for Real and snub Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool who are also interested.
SunSport recently revealed that the in-demand midfielder could leave Dortmund for just £83million next summer.
That is if the entire fee is paid up front by one of the England international's suitors.
If he moves, Bellingham's "gestures" suggest that his preference is a switch to Real.
The reigning European champions reportedly asked the 19-year-old to reject a new a contract with Dortmund.
The ex-Bimingham star acted accordingly and also turned down his Premier League suitors' advances.
Sancho skips England game to play FIFA
Jadon Sancho kipped watching England vs Germany – and instead posted a snap of FIFA 23.
The Manchester United winger was left out of the squad for the September international break by Gareth Southgate.
Sancho, 22, was a surprise omission after scoring three goals in his last six matches for United.
But as his pals lined up against Germany in the Nations League at Wembley – the Three Lions’ last game before the World Cup – Sancho appeared to have his attention elsewhere.
The 23-cap star, who last featured for his country in October 2021, posted on his Instagram story around the same time as kick-off.
The photo simply showed a TV with the loading screen for the new FIFA 23 game – which is officially released tomorrow.

England 3-3 Germany
England and Germany have played out a thoroughly entertaining 3-3 draw at Wembley.
Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.
But strikes from Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and Harry Kane looked to have turned things around for Gareth Southgate's men.
Then Nick Pope's error gifted Havertz an equaliser, with the two sides seeing out a draw in the closing stages.
England fans slam Maguire
England fans slammed Harry Maguire after he gave away a penalty against Germany.
The defender was perhaps a surprise choice by Gareth Southgate and was booed by his own fans ahead of kick-off.
Maguire showed why after gifting away possession to Jamal Musiala in his own final third before bringing down the Bayern Munich star in the penalty area.
Supporters piled into the Manchester United captain as a result with one writing: "He’s so finished."
Another added: "Harry Maguire is always a mistake waiting to happen, total donkey, no wonder he's not in the United team."
And a third said: "Maguire is a terrible footballer."
England 3-3 Germany
Oh no!
Nick Pope fumbles a routine effort and Kai Havertz taps home for his second and Germany's third.
A nightmare moment for the Newcastle keeper and we're all square once more.
England 3-2 Germany
England have completed the turnaround!
Jude Bellingham is fouled in the box and the referee points to the spot after another VAR check.
Captain Harry Kane steps up and blasts the penalty into the top corner!
What a comeback!
England 2-2 Germany
England are level in double quick time!
The two substitutes combine as Saka slips away from a couple of challenges and feeds Mount who curls a brilliant effort in at the near post.
Two goals in three minutes and what an introduction from Saka and Mount!
England 1-2 Germany
England hit straight back and it's Luke Shaw!
The Manchester United left-back finds himself at the back post with time to take it down and fire beyond Ter Stegen.
Wembley is alive!
England 0-2 Germany
Germany have doubled their lead against England at Wembley.
Maguire was once again caught on the ball and the visitors broke up the other end.
They eventually find Havertz on the edge of the box and the Chelsea forward whips a delicious effort into the top corner.
Silence at Wembley.
England 0-1 Germany
Germany have taken the lead against England at Wembley.
Harry Maguire gave the ball away in a dangerous area and then proceeded to foul Jamal Musiala.
After a VAR check, the referee pointed to the spot and Ilkay Gundogan dispatched the penalty past Nick Pope.
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