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Kalvin Phillips responds to French media mocking Harry Maguire

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Kalvin Phillips has backed England teammate Harry Maguire to show any doubters improper throughout their World Cup quarter ultimate in opposition to France on Saturday.

The Manchester United defender dropped out of his membership’s beginning XI earlier than the World Cup however stays the important thing cog below Gareth Southgate at worldwide degree. He has began all 4 video games up to now in Qatar, however has been singled out by French media as a weak hyperlink.

L’Equipe mentioned the previous Leicester centre-back’s tempo “may show detrimental to the England rear guard” in opposition to France’s speedsters, suggesting Southgate may transfer to a three-player defence to counter the likes of Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.

Les Bleus have emerged as a powerful favorite to retain their 2018 crown, with Kylian Mbappe main the scoring charts with 5 strikes up to now, together with two within the final 16 victory over Poland.

There was discuss of Mbappe particularly concentrating on Maguire – despite the fact that his extra reverse quantity will seemingly be Kyle Walker – however Manchester Metropolis midfielder Phillips backed the 29-year-old to face as much as the duty.

He mentioned: “Harry’s not performed as a lot soccer as he in all probability would have favored this season and received a whole lot of stick, which I believe may be very undeserved.

“He’s a prime skilled and an awesome footballer. When he performs for Manchester United he’s the most effective defenders.

“For England, he’s been one of many prime defenders for a very long time, particularly at tournaments.

“He’s all the time been that participant when we now have set items or we have to block or to make a problem, he’s all the time the primary one to do it.

“He’s all the time the primary one to get his head to the ball. He’s scored some essential objectives as nicely.

“For lots of people, as a result of he has been mocked rather a lot, he’s the primary one they go to.

“If something unhealthy occurred within the England workforce, he’d be the primary individual something could be mentioned about. It’s undeserved.

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“In case you have a look at the key tournaments he has performed in and the way nicely he has carried out in them, you possibly can’t actually mock him as a result of he’s been unbelievable.”

Maguire has featured on the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 up to now with England, scoring in quarter-final victories over Sweden and Ukraine respectively. The conflict with France takes place on Saturday night time at Al Bayt Stadium.

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