Manchester United captain Harry Maguire will now not be included in Gareth Soutgate’s England squad, despite being named in the initial team just hours ago. This comes due to developments in his criminal trial in Greece.
Gareth Southgate Removes Harry Maguire From England Squad
Talking Point Going Into Announcement
Whether or not Maguire would be included in the England squad was a talking point going into its announcement. Although he is one of England’s best centre-backs—and the world’s most expensive defender—he has recently been involved in a trial on the Greek island of Syros.
Earlier today, it was revealed that Maguire would, in fact, be a part of the England squad for the upcoming fixtures. This sparked much controversy due to the crimes of which the United man was accused. At this point in time there was no verdict from his trial.
Court Makes a Decision
However, just hours after the announcement, the 27-year-old was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult, and sentenced to 21 months and 10 days of suspended jail time.
This then provided Southgate with a decision to make, and the England manager promptly confirmed that the former Leicester City defender would no longer be a part of England’s squad for their imminent matches against Denmark and Iceland.
Southgate’s Statement Regarding the Harry Maguire Situation
“In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark,” he said.
“As I said earlier today, I reserved the right to review the situation. Having spoken to Manchester United and the player, I have made this decision in the best interests of all parties and with consideration of the impact on our preparations for next week.”
Maguire has been an important part of the England side for some time, but his future with the team is now unclear.