Gareth Southgate: Manchester United should keep faith with Harry Maguire

  • Gareth Southgate: Manchester United should keep faith with Harry Maguire

Gareth Southgate: Manchester United should keep faith with Harry Maguire

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

Gareth Southgate has launched a staunch defence of Harry Maguire following the defender's dismissal in England's disappointing 1-0 Nations League defeat to Denmark at Wembley.

He may have minimal experience on the global stage but Southgate has already promoted Coady to his leadership group - a select band of players within his squad who are the go-to men for a largely inexperienced squad.

Captain Harry Kane says England's players will rally around Maguire.

'We are playing at the elite level and people have to bide their time, like I do, I'm trying to get into the team as well.

The Leicester City goalkeeper was similarly sharp to tip over a rasping free-kick from James 12 minutes from time, although he needed the help of a goal-line clearance by captain and cap centurion Simon Kjaer to frustrate Conor Coady in the final minute.

"Disappointed to lose the match but extremely proud of how we responded to going down to 10 men", said England manager Gareth Southgate, who rather surprisingly opted not to send on Aston Villa's creative midfielder Jack Grealish when chasing the game. He's experiencing it from the first time really, he's had setbacks but his profile has changed in the last couple of years because of the club he plays for and the success he's had with us. Knowing Harry as I do, he will want to play football. He's too important a player for them and us to think about resting him, but that will be for Ole (Gunnar Solskaer) and his staff to make those decisions'.

He recently signed a new four-year deal at Villa and said both he and Grealish - who both played in the 7-2 thrashing of Premier League champions Liverpool ahead of the global break - need to keep performing well at club-level to improve their England chances.

"They're a joy to work with. They know what's expected of each other".