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After Roy Keane’s criticism, Harry Maguire defends England’s goal celebration, while Gareth Southgate compliments the team’s performance.


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England crushed Albania 5-0 at Wembley to go within a point of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar; Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in the first half, with Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson also scoring; England plays San Marino on Monday evening. After Roy Keane branded Harry Maguire’s goal celebration after England’s 5-0 hammering of Albania “embarrassing,” Maguire defended it.

Maguire, who has been scolded for his Manchester United performances this season, opened the scoring after 10 minutes at Wembley before Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in the first half and also set up Jordan Henderson.

According to Skysports Maguire was seen celebrating while gliding with a knee slide, clasped his hands to his face, and shoved his fingers into his ears after heading home Reece James’ free-kick, eliciting a stinging remark from Keane.

“I think he puts his hands to his ears like he’s shut the critics up, but I think that’s embarrassing,” the Sky Sports pundit said on ITV.

Skysports reported that after the game, Maguire was confident that his gesture was not directed at anyone in particular.

In an interview with Skysports, he said;

“It was a great ball from Reece. We’d worked on it, we knew the areas we could exploit and credit to all the staff for doing that. I managed to direct the header into the far post and I think when you play these games, the first goal is crucial and it comes quite a lot from set-plays. We knew we’d get a lot of set-plays and we had to be clinical with them.

“The celebration was a knee slide, it just came naturally to me. It’s an amazing feeling to score for my country. It wasn’t directed at anyone, it just came naturally to do that and open the scoring for England and get the important three points.”


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