MICHAIL ANTONIO has launched a staunch defence of Harry Maguire after criticism he faced in the wake of England’s 3-1 win over Scotland.
Harry Maguire has been the subject of intense criticismRex
Twitter @BBCSportMichail Antonio has blasted the ’embarrassing’ criticism against Maguire on his podcast[/caption]
Speaking on his BBC Footballer’s Football podcast, the 33-year-old said: “It’s [the criticism] gone way, way, way too far. It’s actually embarrassing.
“I’ve never seen this ever inever, that one person can be absolutely destroyed.
“Anytime he does anything wrong, it could not be his fault but he could just be involved in it. [And] It’s his fault.”
He explained: “I remember one game last season; the ball has been kicked into his face and gone into the net and people have gone ‘Oh it’s‘.
“And we’re like there’s nothing you can actually do. There’s nothing you can actually do in that situation.
“People do forget that people are human and it’s going to affect them mentally.
“He went from being an unbelievable centre-half – I think one of the best in the Premier League – when he was at Hull and Leicester.
“One of the best 100 per cent. To half of a man. He’s half of a man now. That’s how I would describe it. He is half of a man now.
“He’s trying to stay strong, to rebuild himself. He believes in his ability. Right now it’s just not working for him.”
England boss Southgate leapt to the defence of Maguire after the Scotland clash, something Jamaica international Antonio placed praise on him for.
He added: “When I saw Gareth Southgate speak up, I was like ‘well done’.
“It should have been brought up before. It’s been a whole two years.”
Maguire nearly joined Antonio at West Ham over the summerRex