Harry Maguire withdrawn from England squad by Gareth Southgate after Manchester United captain is handed

Harry Maguire withdrawn from England squad by Gareth Southgate after Manchester United captain is handed

Gareth Southgate has made the decision to withdraw Harry Maguire from the England squad shortly after the Manchester United captain was handed a suspended jail sentence.

Maguire, the defender, was found guilty of assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and bribery in a Greek court following an incident in Mykonos last week.

The 27-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Friday after an alleged incident on the island, with Maguire appearing at a hearing the following day in neighbouring Syros.

Maguire’s legal team will appeal the guilty verdict and suspended jail sentence handed to the Manchester United defender

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Maguire’s legal team will appeal the guilty verdict and suspended jail sentence handed to the Manchester United defender

He was not at the subsequent court case on Tuesday, when – just hours after being named in England’s Nations League squad by Southgate – he was found guilty of a number of charges.

Southgate has now made the decision to withdraw Maguire from the squad for the upcoming matches against Iceland and Denmark.

“In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark,” said Southgate.

“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.”

Southgate withdrew Maguire just hours after initially naming him in the England squad

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Southgate withdrew Maguire just hours after initially naming him in the England squad

The world’s most expensive defender faced several charges along with Christopher Sharman and brother Joe Maguire, with the centre-back receiving a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and ten days.

Maguire released a statement shortly after the guilty verdict.

“Following the hearing today, I have instructed my legal team with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing.

“I remain strong and confident regarding our innocence in this matter – if anything myself, family and friends are the victims.”

Maguire’s club, Manchester United, later released their own statement, which read: “Manchester United notes the verdict of the Greek court today.

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“Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty to all of the misdemeanour charges made against him and he continues to strongly assert his innocence.

“It should be noted that the prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the day before the trial, giving the defence team minimal time to digest them and prepare.

“A request for the case to be adjourned was subsequently denied.

“On this basis, along with the substantial body of evidence refuting the charges, Harry Maguire’s legal team will now appeal the verdict, to allow a full and fair hearing at a later date.”

Southgate made some bold decisions when naming his squad, opting to hand debut call-ups to Manchester City and Manchester United starlets Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood, and also Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

However, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish remains absent from selection despite his brilliant 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

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