Burnley striker Matej Vydra says that his Czech Republic team-mates will be targeting Leicester defender Harry Maguire as England’s weak link when the two nations meet tomorrow in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
Vydra made the astonishing claim in The Mirror and also said that the Czechs will be adopting a physical approach against the World Cup semi-finalists.
Maguire was one of Gareth Southgate’s best players during the summer in Russia but ex-Derby man Vydra feels he is a player to exploit.
The Foxes man was sent off against the Clarets after just five minutes at the weekend, with Vydra claiming that was all part of Sean Dyche’s masterplan.
He told The Mirror: “The England attack is very strong. Defence, I wouldn’t say it’s not strong as well, but it’s not as strong as the attack.
“For example, Maguire. We talked about him at Burnley before we played Leicester. In some moments he doesn’t know what’s happening behind him, that’s why he got the red card after five minutes.”
These comments from Vydra indicate that perhaps the Czech Republic know they can’t beat England on the pitch, so will try and get in their heads away from it.
Talk of being a weakness in England’s ranks won’t deter Maguire from the task in hand. After all, Vydra has started just three games this season for Burnley so is hardly well equipped to talk about anyone’s weaknesses.
Maguire was sensational for the Three Lions at the World Cup.
He scored a crucial goal in the quarter-final against Sweden and was part of a team that brought a nation together.
The best thing for the Leicester man to do is to let his football do the talking and not worry too much about Vydra’s comments.