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Southgate leaps to Maguire defence

  • Published at 04:11 pm October 15th, 2020
England's Harry Maguire is shown the red card during their Nations League match against Denmark at Wembley Wednesday Reuters

Maguire's off-field problems and poor club form have put his place under the spotlight

England manager Gareth Southgate leapt to the defence of Harry Maguire after the Manchester United defender was sent off 32 minutes into England’s 1-0 defeat by Denmark in the Nations League at Wembley Wednesday.

Maguire, whose off-field problems and poor club form have put his place under the spotlight, was shown a second yellow card for a lunging tackle on Kasper Dolberg having been booked for a worse challenge on Yussuf Poulsen.

It left England to play a tidy Danish side for more than an hour with 10 men - a task made even harder when Christian Eriksen netted a penalty for the visiting side minutes later.

Maguire received a suspended 21-month jail sentence at a trial on the Greek island of Syros in August having been found guilty of assault and attempted bribery after being arrested while on holiday on Mykonos.

The 27-year old was granted a full retrial after appealing against the convictions and played in United’s first three games of the Premier League season, including the 6-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the last match before the international break.

It was an ill-disciplined night for England with Reece James sent off after the final whistle for confronting the referee, blotting his copybook after an impressive full debut.

Chelsea’s James became the first player to be sent off on his first international start for England.

England have now had three players sent off in the current Nations League campaign.