HARRY MAGUIRE was greeted by a chorus of BOOS from England fans as they defeated Ivory Coast.
But the center half was mocked and booed by fans at Wembley Stadium when he touched the ball after the action also started.
Maguire29, has come under increasing pressure at United as the defender and club suffer from poor form.
They finish sixth in the Premier League and lose control of the top 4 races.
Maguire has been slammed online after a social media video showed him stopping a passing drill in training.
But he has still performed well for his country after his exploits last summer saw him included in the tournament’s Euro 2020 team.
And after the shocking scenes against Ivory Coast, his boss Southgate called the boo boys “an absolute joke” as he defended the star.
He said: “I thought the reception was a joke, an absolute joke.
“The way he performed for us was absolutely phenomenal. I do not get it. Either we’re all in this together or we’re not.
“He’s wearing an England shirt and you should not just support a player in an England shirt, but if you’ve played at the level he’s been for us and brought in his performances, it should be his total commitment behind him. I don’t get it at all.
“His performance was really quite flawless. He played very well from behind in the first goal and was involved in the second. So yes. The team is totally united.”
Southgate added: “We know everyone has difficult moments but he’s a top player and he’ll get through it.
“They are real England fans and some are influenced by whatever – by social media or players who have played before and influence opinion.
“Obviously the situation at the club is very difficult, but he wears an English shirt.
“I remember decades ago a couple of players in an England shirt were booed and that was never acceptable to me. Fans should always stand behind their team.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/18106740/harry-maguire-booed-england-fans-wembley-ivory-coast-man-utd/ Harry Maguire was booed by England fans at Wembley during the Ivory Coast clash after the Man Utd star’s troubles this season