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26-Aug-2020, 02:39 am

England drop Maguire after Man Utd star found guilty in Greece

Harry Maguire England 2018

The FA has announced that Gareth Southgate has dropped Harry Maguire from the latest England squad after the Manchester United star wasfound guilty of charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts of bribery on Tuesday.

But Maguire was subsequently dropped after beinghanded a21-monthsuspended prison sentenceafter an incident in Greece last week, with thedefender, his brother Joe Maguire and their friend Christopher Sharman all found guilty after a trial in Syros, Greece.

Following the sentence, Maguire maintainedhis innocence and said he is determined to clear his name, as the defender released a statement saying that he will appeal the sentence.

Manchester United have also backed their defender as the club was critical of the prosecution service who gave Maguire’s team little time to work on a defence.

In the wake of Tuesday's verdict, Southgate has reversed his original decision and droppedMaguire from the squad for this next round of fixtures.

"In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark," Southgate said in a statement.

"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 a regular for England since making his international breakthrough in 2017, making a total of 23 appearances for the Three Lions in 2018 and 2019.

He was a member of England's 2018 World Cup squad, as the then-Leicester defender scored against Sweden as part of the team's fourth-place run.

With Maguire's departure, Southgate will now rely onEric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane and Tyrone Mings as centre-back options for the upcoming matches.

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