England hosted Ivory Coast on Tuesday night and emerged as 3-0 victors in a friendly that saw Jordan Henderson remain on the bench throughout the entire 90 minutes.
But the biggest story to emerge from the night was Maguire being subject to boos as his name was read out before kick-off at Wembley, with his first touch also receiving jeers.
After the match, the response from manager Southgate and his international teammates was swift, each condemning the “absolute joke” of the response by some of the crowd on Tuesday night.
But while the likes of Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, Declan Rice and Henderson all, rightly, condemned the reaction to the Man United defender, Liverpool fans were all left thinking the same thing.
Was this very same reaction just as strong for Joe Gomez when he was subject to boos at Wembley in 2019 after Raheem Sterling instigated an altercation and left Liverpool’s No. 12 with a cut on his face?
Sterling notably came out and said that it was “wrong” for Gomez to have been booed “for something that was my fault,” but there was a sense that there was not as emphatic of a response compared to Maguire.
And Liverpool fans pointed out the hypocrisy on social media:
It is interesting how a 22 year old Joe Gomez was assaulted by a senior member of the England National team, left with a physical scar, and then booed as a result, and it got quickly brushed over. But when Maguire gets a few boos it’s a national outrage. pic.twitter.com/IRreojuPud
— LFC (@kat_lfc13) March 30, 2022
— John Gibbons (@johngibbonsblog) March 30, 2022
I don’t mind being put right if I’m wrong here but where was this message after Joe Gomez was boo’d by England fans? https://t.co/cfN45TXPVa
— TerryHartley (@TPHartley90) March 30, 2022
The same ‘England til I die’ merchants are crying at a section of England fans for booing Harry Maguire, yet the whole stadium booed Joe Gomez for absolutely no reason whatsoever & they didn’t care…
Hate the culture of England fans. One of the reasons why I’m not part of it. pic.twitter.com/8KSPrXGETZ
— Ben ?? (@SMXLFC) March 30, 2022
Where was all the commotion when Joe Gomez was booed at Wembley?
— – (@AnfieldRd96) March 30, 2022
I understand that Henderson is just fulfilling his role as vice captain but where was this outcry when they boo’d Joe Gomez for having the audacity of being unsuccessfully throttled by Raheem Sterling? https://t.co/ocO77o4ozv
— Josh ? (@josha1995_) March 30, 2022
Did he even write anything for when Joe Gomez got booed. Man's out here twerking for Uniteds captain. https://t.co/VdaMLdC1l9
— Nazty (@Naztee196) March 29, 2022
Harry Maguire gets booed by England fans. Manager, team mates, pundits, all condemning it & giving him full backing.
Joe Gomez gets booed by England fans. Not a fucking peep from anyone. Wonder why….?
— Scott G.?? (@BornThwippy) March 29, 2022
When Joe Gomez got booed & when Harry Maguire got booed.
England captain btw. pic.twitter.com/IN71cF9brb
— Samuel (@SamueILFC) March 30, 2022
Joe Gomez got booed by England fans and no one said a word btw
— ???? ?? (@AlexFtbl) March 30, 2022
They booed Joe Gomez for being assaulted by a teammate. Booing Maguire is one of the least offensive things that England fans have done in the last few years tbf. https://t.co/zYgabYMGKJ
— Biggies Malls 2.0 (@Biggies_MaIIs) March 29, 2022
— dave? (@fcDavee) March 30, 2022
It’s far from saying Maguire did not deserve the strong statements from his teammates, more that each player should be deserving of the same public support.
And it is important to note, Henderson did play a role behind the scenes in patching things up between Gomez and Sterling back in 2019 despite not yet having linked up with the England side at the time of the incident.