Man Utd captain to return to England squad in October after guilty verdict is nullified

Man Utd captain to return to England squad in October after guilty verdict is nullified


Manchester United defender Harry Maguire will be recalled into the England set-up for next month’s international break having been withdrawn from the current squad following his Greek court case.

Four days after his arrest in the early hours of August 21 following an alleged incident on the island of Mykonos, the 27-year-old defender was found guilty of assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and bribery.

Maguire was arrested after an incident in Mykonos and stood trial days later

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Maguire was arrested after an incident in Mykonos and stood trial days later

Maguire maintains his innocence and lodged an appeal with the Greek court system, with the Manchester United captain saying he feared for his life during his arrest.

The appeal nullifies the ruling in a Greek court and means the defender has no criminal record ahead of a full retrial after he was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

England boss Gareth Southgate withdrew Maguire from his squad after the initial verdict was made, with the centre-back to miss upcoming Nations League clashes against Iceland and Denmark – which are LIVE on talkSPORT!

With the appeal wiping Maguire’s criminal record his return to the international frame has been mooted, and Southgate confirmed talks have been held with Maguire over a recall to the England squad.

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“We’ve been in touch right the way through the last two-and-a-half weeks,” said Southgate.

“It’s clearly been a really difficult period for him and I think the last few days have been very important for him to relax, get away from all the attention and get a rest. Absolutely we will involve him in October.”

Southgate was also asked about the chances of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood facing Iceland and, although he did not offer any hints about selection, he did say he would have no qualms about playing any of the youngsters in his squad.

“Based on everything we’ve seen on the training pitch we’d have no hesitation in playing any of the players with us.

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“Since we’ve been in camp and got on the training pitch the players have adapted.

“The young players coming in have no fear. They adapt very quickly and add to the level of competition.

“It is great to be back on the football pitch, that’s for sure.

“I have actually been really pleased with the (fitness) level the players are at. We’ve got guys who only finished playing a few weeks ago who are up to match fitness.”


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