Iran fans mock Harry Maguire with brutal banners before England World Cup clash

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  • England face Iran on Monday
  • Opposition fans made banners mocking Maguire
  • Man Utd defender under pressure to perform

WHAT HAPPENED? One of the banners targeting the player outside the Khalifa international stadium read: 'Harry Maguire your defense is terrifying'. Another hinted that England had no chance of winning the tournament if the United player started.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The defender has often been a target of criticism from a section of fans on social media. He has also not enjoyed a great run of form for his club this season, appearing in only four Premier League matches, and there have been calls for him to be replaced in the Three Lions starting XI.

WHAT NEXT FOR MAGUIRE? Despite the criticism, Maguire is all but assured of a starting spot in England's back four as the Three Lions kick off their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday.