'The one positive was Harry Maguire's performance'
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has heaped praise on Harry Maguire’s performances with England at the World Cup, ahead of Tuesday night’s big game against Wales.
England are currently preparing for a Battle-of-Britain clash against Wales in a mouth-watering final match in Group B. Kick-off in Qatar is scheduled for 19:00 GMT and, if you aren’t able to watch the action, you can follow live updates via the United App or ManUtd.com.
Ahead of the game, Robson has provided his assessment of the game and Maguire’s contributions so far in a column for the Daily Mail. You can read an extract of Bryan’s article here...
“Wales will be fiery. Friday’s performance will have given them encouragement. They love nothing better than beating the English and they will be more than up for it. Our objective must be to rattle into them from the start; win the battle to earn the right to play.
“A British derby should be the perfect stage for us to return to form and we need to because winning the group gives us a better route to the final. Games against Wales were always a bit tasty, though my experiences were in the Home International Championships.
“My big moment was missing a chance set up by Paul Gascoigne and we ended up drawing 1-1. This time, I’m very confident England can win.
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“The one positive was Harry Maguire’s performance. Harry has taken a lot of criticism and had a torrid time lately, so for him to put in such a dominant display at this level speaks volumes for his character.
“That growing confidence will be tested by Kieffer Moore, who will be Wales’ main target of attack, but again it’s a battle Harry should be up for. We’ve had our wake-up call, now we need to up the tempo and grab this chance to progress.”
Bryan Robson was speaking to the Daily Mail.