‘Not winning would be a failure’: England's Maguire on Euro 2024

The event will take place next year in Germany

By Web Desk
March 25, 2023

England defender Harry Maguire said that it would be a failure for the team if they don’t win the European Championship next year in Germany.

Manchester United captain Maguire has been a key member in England's defence under manager Gareth Southgate and was a regular starter at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The English team was knocked out by France in the quarter-finals of the event.

Maguire was also part of the England side when they played the Euro 2020 final and the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

"I believe we have the players to win it," Maguire, 30, told British media. "I'm with a mindset of, 'If we don't win the tournament, it's been a failure.' I've been at three major tournaments now and I've come so close."

England kick-started their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victoyr over reigning champions Italy on Thursday. They will lock horns with Ukraine at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

"Obviously, we've got to qualify first from a tough group, we've come to Italy and got an amazing result," Maguire added. "We're in a good place.

"But these big tournaments are decided on the finest margins. I think we played really well in the World Cup and ultimately, we got knocked out by a good French team.

"So it's something that we're working on... We have so much talent and so many young players coming through."

Maguire has featured in only 11 Premier League games this season since Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have been trusted by manager Erik ten Hag at the heart of the defense.

"I want to play every game for my club and my country. I feel like I'm good enough to play at a high level and I've proven that over the last five, six years now," Maguire said.

"Last season was difficult but I've proven myself to Gareth, I've made over 50 caps... I feel I shouldn't really need to prove myself at this level."