Harry Maguire: Wayne Rooney backs Man Utd defender to keep place in England side despite boo boys

Wayne Rooney insists Harry Maguire is a ‘strong character’ who should remain one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s England team sheet despite being booed at Wembley earlier this week.

Maguire was jeered by the home crowd before and during England’s friendly against Ivory Coast on Tuesday, having kept his place in the team despite underperforming for Manchester United this season.

The hostile reception sparked outrage throughout English football, with Three Lions manager Southgate fuming afterwards.