By Jackson Cole
Harry Maguire’s nightmare form continued into the international stage as he gave away the penalty that led to England falling behind against Germany.
The Three Lions and Manchester United defender mistimed his tackle on Jamal Musiala, who went down in the box early in the second half.
It appeared Maguire had got away with it but referee Danny Makkelie later pointed to the spot following a VAR review.
Ilkay Gudogan slotted in the resulting spot-kick to give Germany the lead in the Nations League clash at Wembley.
“We can’t have any arguments there,” former England international Struart Pearce said on commentary for talkSPORT.
“Good movement of the feet from Musiala and Maguire couldn’t move his quickly enough.”
Kai Havertz then doubled Germany’s advantage with a delightful curling effort from the edge of the box.
It appeared curtains for England at that point but three goals in 12 minutes – scored by Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and Harry Kane – saw Gareth Southgate’s men turn the match on its head.
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But England were denied the famous win as Kai Havertz poked the ball in on the rebound after Nick Pope was unable to hold onto Leroy Sane’s effort from long range.
The thrilling match may raise further questions about Maguire’s credentials to play in England’s defence at the World Cup, but former Three Lions defender Stuart Pearce is impressed with the way he responded.
“I think the kid [Harry Maguire] has got character,” Pearce told talkSPORT post-match.
“He has been under the microscope a fair bit for the last calendar year, potentially, I don’t know how long, I am not a social media buff.
“Still, he puts himself out there, and he keeps going, and he does not go under.
“He has an injury late in the game, and he is at the halfway line going through a German player. Not to let his teammates down.
“Sometimes, they are the individuals you want to go to battle with.”
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