Harry Maguire asked to leave Old Trafford

Beckham’s encouraging words provide comfort and guidance to England defender

Manchester United and England center-back Harry Maguire praised football legend David Beckham for a timely pep talk during a difficult match against Scotland. Maguire received boos from Scottish fans after scoring an own goal during a friendly match in Glasgow.

“I actually spoke with David about three weeks ago, after the game,” Maguire stated.

“He got in touch with me so it was really nice of him and I really appreciated that.”

The English defender added: “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, England’s third-most capped men’s player with 115 international games and a former national team captain, approached Maguire following the game. The unexpected phone call from the football legend raised Maguire’s emotions and provided crucial advice during a difficult time.

Maguire additionally said: “He reminded me of the career I’ve had to date and the big moments I’ve had in my career.

“I think when you’re going through tough moments you’ve got to go through past experiences and past memories and where you’ve gone in your career and what you’ve been through.

“Every career is so up and down, especially when you reach what I’ve reached, in terms of being the captain of the biggest club in the world for three and a half years. He’s been in that position and knows what it’s like.”

When asked about the call, Maguire emphasized the importance of Beckham’s words, stating that it meant everything to him. The Manchester United defender realized the difficult period he is going through at Old Trafford, where he has seen his game time cut and recently lost his captaincy.

Despite the challenges he faced, Maguire praised the confidence and support offered by England manager Gareth Southgate and his teammates, which encouraged a sense of importance and motivation in him. The defender also discussed how criticism affects not just him but also his family and friends, especially during heated games.

In the next weeks, England will play a friendly against Australia, followed by a European Championship qualifier against Italy. Maguire’s determination and will to come back stronger will surely be important as he traverses his football career and represents his country on the international level.

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