Harry Maguire impresses in England win while Eric Bailly gets subbed off at half-time

Harry Maguire suffered the unwanted experience of being booed by a section of England supporters when his name was announced at Wembley.

The situation was reflective of Maguire’s poor standing right now amid a difficult season for Manchester United, but for England, he usually steps up.

Maguire was no different last night, refusing to let the boos get to him, and produced an imposing performance as England beat Ivory Coast 3-0.

Up against prolific Ajax striker Sebastien Haller, who has 11 Champions League goals this season, Maguire and teammate Tyrone Mings were comfortable, helped by Ivory Coast being reduced to 10 men in the first half.

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Maguire performs

Maguire completed more passes than any other player on the pitch with 82. These came from 87 attempts, a total of 94 per cent pass accuracy.

These were not all short sideways passes either, Maguire played 8 of 10 accurate long balls, including once defence splitting chance he created for Harry Kane in the final stages, only for the Tottenham star to miscontrol the ball.

Defensively Maguire managed to block two shots, and made six ball recoveries, also winning two of three aerial duels.

The 29-year-old needed a game like this to lift his confidence, and he will return to Manchester United refreshed. His problems at Old Trafford are not solved by any means, but this display certainly won’t hurt.

‘A joke’

Gareth Southgate hit out at supporters who booed Maguire in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

“I thought the reception was a joke, an absolute joke. He has been phenomenal for us.

“As for his performance he was faultless.”

Difficult night for Bailly

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On the other side of the ball, Eric Bailly had a chance to impress, up against England. But his night did not go too well.

Bailly’s defence were swarmed by England in the first half, pinned in their own box, and they were not helped by Serge Aurier getting sent off either.

Bailly made two blocks and two clearances, before being substituted at half-time. It’s unclear if the change was tactical or fitness related; with Bailly you always have to ask the question.

One way for another it was not the night he wanted, if he was to try and leap ahead of Maguire at club level. Instead the England defender seemed to strengthen or prop up his own cause, while Bailly remains at the back of the queue.

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