Harry Maguire gave a defiant interview on talkSPORT to defend his place in the England squad after the 1-0 draw against Italy on Friday night.
The Three Lions were relegated from the UEFA Nations League after Giacomo Raspadori’s superb 68th-minute goal.
There was simply nothing to get excited about from an England perspective, with the last scoreless game leaving England 450 minutes without a goal in open play – their worst run in 22 years.
The Three Lions are one of only two nations to have failed to score a single goal without a penalty in the Nations League. The other is San Marino, made up of part-time workers.
Despite a strong showing at the San Siro, Maguire’s place in the starting XI came under scrutiny after he was dropped by United boss Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils captain has endured a long spell of poor form – but Southgate looks set to stick with him for the World Cup in November.
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Asked about his situation, Maguire told talkSPORT: “I’m fine, ready to play, feeling fit and fresh.
“On my form, I don’t know what was said, I don’t really read about it.
“I came from three positive games with England this summer, and from a good pre-season I felt really good.
Of course, the director [Erik ten Hag] decided to kick me out for one game, and the team has since won.
“I work hard on the training ground to make sure I’m ready when the opportunity arises. That’s all I can do to try and help the team.
“I don’t focus on anybody else and what people say, I think if people can make a story about me, I’m the captain of Manchester United, it will be big news.
“So that’s why they do it, they like the clicks, and things like that, but I went to the Euros after an injury for eight weeks, and I didn’t play a game, and made the team of the tournament.
“In terms of rust, and things like that, I’m sure that’s not going to happen.”
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