Gareth Southgate defends Harry Maguire as England draws with Germany

In the second half of their last match before the World Cup, England came from behind to lead Germany 3-2, but ultimately drew 3-3 thanks to goals from Shaw, Mason Mount, and Harry Kane.

It was looking gloomy for the disheartened hosts as Maguire mistakes allowed Ilkay Gundogan to score from the penalty spot and Kai Havertz to score a wonderful goal, but somehow England rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a four-minute double from the excellent Shaw and Mount.

Shaw and Maguire both participated in England’s two Nations League games, with Maguire playing the entire time against Italy and Germany, despite losing their first-team positions at Manchester United.

With the World Cup starting in less than two months, England giving up three goals at home is hardly the ideal build-up. But Southgate is not considering the possibility of making any significant adjustments to his defensive setup before the competition.

For the first time in 29 years, Southgate’s team has lost six straight games after already being demoted from Group A3 of the Nations League. Southgate, who revealed his team called a meeting without him to address their recent slump in form, believes playing under such pressure and against the backdrop of a losing streak isn’t totally a terrible thing.

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