WAYNE ROONEY has held heart-to-heart talks with under-fire Harry Maguire — and says he is undroppable for England.
The Manchester United defender was booed by Three Lions fans during Tuesday’s friendly win against Ivory Coast.
Harry Maguire was booed by England fans – and Wayne Rooney has offered him adviceCredit: Reuters
Rooney famously hit out at England fans during the 2010 World Cup after he was booedCredit: AFP
Rooney says he knows what that feels like after his rant into the TV camera after the 2010 World Cup group stage draw with Algeria.
Rooney said: “I’ve been there. It’s never nice when you’re booed by your own fans.
“Harry’s a top lad and a top professional. I know Harry personally.
“I spoke to him not long ago and he’s a strong character, he’s strong-minded.
“I’ve spoken to him a few times as a friend and we’ve had a general chat, but I’m not his mentor. I’m sure the people who were booing him are not real England fans.
“Because as a fan, you go there to get behind the team.
“I don’t think any England fans are concerned about his form for United as long as he’s doing well for England.
“He has to play — I know Gareth’s said that if you’re not in good form, then you won’t play for your country.
“But Harry Kane wasn’t in good form earlier in the season and nobody booed him or questioned why he’s playing.
“It’s clear he’s not in the best form for Manchester United, I don’t think any of them are at United.
“They’re all going through a difficult time but for England he’s been incredible.
“For me, there’s three players that have to be on the team sheet every time England play.
“That’s Harry Kane, Maguire and Raheem Sterling — they’re the three leaders in the team. The ones Gareth Southgate relies on.”
Rooney says Maguire, 29, is having to adjust to the criticism after moving to United from Leicester three years ago in an £85million deal.
He added: “This is all fairly new to Harry — I had it from the age of 16.
“He’s joined Manchester United and played for England, so adjusting to that at his age could be difficult.
“But I know he’s got great support around him. He’ll give everything, every game, he might not have the best match, but he’ll get through it and so will United.”
Red Devils interim boss Ralf Rangnick insists the Old Trafford crowd will get behind Maguire against Leicester today.
He said: “Harry has been a very valuable player for the team and the club as the captain.
“I didn’t understand what happened at Wembley, it won’t happen in our stadium with the Red Army.
“He’s been playing well for Manchester United and England in the last couple of years.
“But I’m pretty sure it won’t happen in our stadium.
“For it to happen in an international game is unusual but I’m sure it won’t happen in our stadium.”
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