Man Utd boss Ten Hag assures England: Maguire ready for World Cup

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is backing Harry Maguire to impress for England at the World Cup.

England coach Gareth Southgate has kept faith in Maguire despite his problems with form and fitness for United. The 29-year-old defender made only his fifth start of the season in Thursday’s Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

It has led to concerns that Maguire won’t be match sharp for the World Cup after he was blamed for two of the goals England conceded in a 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley in September.

“I think so, he’s ready, yeah,” said the Dutchman. “I see him every day in training, I see him in games. He came back from injury, but he’s ready to perform on the highest level.”

However, Jadon Sancho did not make the England squad after suffering with illness and injury this season. He has not played for three weeks, missing the last four games.

“It’s been up and down,’ added Ten Hag. “He had some really good performances and I think he was in a good direction.

“But the last weeks he struggled with illness and then it’s normal that you don’t get selected because every manager will only take fit players to the World Cup.”