LONDON (Reuters) – England protector Harry Maguire was called to the Nations League squad on Tuesday in spite of the Manchester United captain having last week been apprehended by police over a brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Manchester United’s Harry Maguire responds, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Ina Fassbender/Pool through REUTERS/File Picture
Centre back Maguire pleaded innocent and was launched from authorities custody after his arrest on Thursday. The 27- year-old was being represented by his lawyers in court at a hearing on Tuesday.
” It is plainly a choice that is not straightforward and a choice that I could only take on the information I have,” Southgate informed a news conference after selecting Maguire.
” I have actually spoken with Harry, I have the insight to the story which is extremely different to what is being reported. Clearly if facts alter or info changes, I have to evaluate that choice.
” Harry’s been an exceptional character for us. I’ve no factor to question what he’s telling me and it is necessary he knows he’s got my support at this minute.”
However the England manager said Maguire did have regrets about how the occurrence had affected the group.
” Harry regrets the reality he has actually brought that sort of focus and attention to the team – he apologised for that – however likewise has his own side of the story,” added Southgate.
England captain Harry Kane is offered for the Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark next month despite currently remaining in quarantine following a journey to the Bahamas.
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and fellow midfielder Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United will all have possibility to make their worldwide debuts.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson, back at Manchester United after a loan spell with Sheffield United last season, also earns a call-up in addition to routine first-choice keeper Jordan Pickford and back-up Nick Pope.
Midfielder Jack Grealish, who helped Aston Rental property retain their Premier League status last season, has not been consisted of in the team nor has Burnley protector James Tarkowski.
With Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw injured, there is no identified left back in the team, implying among the right backs will have to change sides, which Southgate conceded was “not perfect”.
His England side have actually not played considering that November in 2015 due to the disturbance brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also forced Euro 2020 to be pushed back a year.
England face Iceland on Sept. 5 in Reykjavik before taking on Denmark in Copenhagen on Sept. 8.
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Protectors: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
Reporting by Simon Evans; Additional reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris