Harry Maguire expressed his gratitude for the support he received from David Beckham following a challenging period. The England center-back had faced jeers from Scotland fans after scoring an own goal in a recent friendly match. Maguire disclosed that he had a conversation with Beckham about three weeks after the game, and the gesture meant a lot to him.
Speaking about the exchange with Beckham, Maguire said, “It meant everything. I’ve spoken throughout my career about David Beckham being someone I looked up to and watched when I was a young boy. It shows how classy he is to reach out to me and to message me. It was something I really appreciate. It was touching really.”
Beckham, a former England captain with 115 international appearances, went through his share of challenges during his career, particularly following his infamous red card in the 1998 World Cup. Maguire mentioned that Beckham reminded him of the ups and downs in a football career and how past experiences can help in tough times.
Maguire, who has won 59 caps for England and was the world’s most expensive defender when he joined Manchester United in 2019, has faced fluctuations in his career, including a loss of game time and the captaincy at his club. While there were talks of a potential move to West Ham, he chose to stay and fight for his place in the team.
Maguire acknowledged that even top players receive criticism and emphasized the importance of regular game time. Despite the recent criticisms he’s faced, he expressed his determination to get back on track and continue his journey in football.
He also mentioned the impact of criticism on his family and friends and expressed his commitment to work hard and put things right. Maguire is grateful for the faith shown in him by England manager Gareth Southgate and his teammates.
In upcoming matches, England will face Australia in a friendly and Italy in a European Championship qualifier.