The former Manchester United and Three Lions star believes the current Red Devils captain is not doing enough to start for his country
Harry Maguire may be the captain of Manchester United and the mainstay of England, but Rio Ferdinand says the midfielder of £ 80m ($ 113m) is no longer credited with the starting point with the Three Lions and should be lagging behind Michael Keane’s turn.
Gareth Southgate is in the process of drawing up his plans for the European Championship this summer, and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland in March should help that process.
Maguire will, if his physical ability allows, expect to compete in those competitions, but Ferdinand says the 27-year-old should not be guaranteed a starting spot as rivals Manchester City and Everton have climbed above him.
What was said?
Ferdinand, who won 81 caps for England, told PET YouTube channel about who should fill the bindings in the center half for the Three Lions: “In the form of Michael Keane all day.
“There wouldn’t be a person in the country watching Premier League games from week to week who would tell you that Maguire is more consistent than Michael Keane at the moment. No chance.
“Michael Keane plays at Everton consistently as a center forward there, so I would now say that Michael Keane and John Stones. Who else will be there? Who else can you choose?
“Stones has just returned to form, so he clashed again and has experience above the others, which is a plus for him. So I think right now he’s the one who’s really playing with the Stones.
“As for the form, it seems that Maguire is not in great shape at the moment. So if you’re looking for another, Michael Keane I’d say it’s next for me. If you go for a pattern, you don’t choose [Maguire]. ”
How many times has Maguire played for England?
The Red Devils skipper has represented his country 30 times.
He made his debut in the fall of 2017 in the World Cup qualifier clash with Lithuania.
Maguire would continue Southgate’s squad for that tournament in Russia, with a prominent role in an unforgettable race to the semifinals.
He scored two goals for England and remained regular despite questions about his field activity and form on the field in 2020.
Who else is arguing?
Keane’s good form for Everton allows him to seriously claim a place in the English starting XI.
The Stones have also rediscovered the spark this season in Manchester City, and the 26-year-old has prevented Pep Guardiola from leaving him out.
Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa is another regular outing for the Three Lions lately, and Eric Dier of Tottenham is another option Southgate must consider.
Selection calls going forward will depend on the system England favors, tweaking the defensive unit of three, while Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker will sometimes be inserted into the midfield midfield.