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Zoe Maguire, mother of Harry Maguire, has come to the defense of the England and Manchester United defender following criticism of his performance in a friendly match between England and Scotland.

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The Three Lions defeated Scotland in Glasgow, by 3-1 on Tuesday night, courtesy of goals from Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane.

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The 30-year-old defender, who came off the bench as a substitute after the first half, put the ball in the back of his team’s net in the 67th minute.

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An 81st-minute winner was struck by Kane after a brilliant effort by Real Madrid’s midfielder, Bellingham.

Following the own goal, the under-fire defender was on the receiving end of a number of criticisms, from both fans in the stadium.

In a post on her Instagram story, Zoe Maguire fired back at ‘negative and abusive comments’ aimed at her son.

She wrote, “As a mum seeing the level of negative and abusive comments in which my son is receiving from some fans, pundits and the media is disgraceful and totally unacceptable to any walk of life never mind someone who works his socks off for club and country.

“I was there in the stand as usual, it’s not acceptable what’s been created, over nothing. I understand that in the football world there are ups and downs, positives and negatives but what Harry receives has gone far beyond ‘football.’

“For me seeing him go through what he’s going through is not ok. I would hate to have to see any other parents or players go through this in the future, especially the young boys and girls breaking through the ranks today.

‘Harry has a massive heart and it’s a good job he’s mentally strong and can handle it as others may not be able too. I wish this sort of abuse on nobody!”

Maguire has been faced with lots of criticism and backlash following his poor outings for both club and country.

England manager, Gareth Southgate, has spoken out against the abusive comments.

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