Harry Maguire Retains England Spot Despite Greek Controversy But Withdraws Hours Later

Harry Maguire has been named in the England squad despite finding himself at the centre of a trial in Greece following an incident involving Greek police in the past week. 

Three Lions manager, Gareth Southgate could of left the Manchester United centre-back out of the squad given his tough approach to such incidents in past but has instead decided to retain him in his defensive selection, as John Stones, Fikayo Tomori, Danny Rose and Ben Chilwell all drop out.

Maguire however was found guilty of aggravated assault just hours later and Southgate consequently opted to withdraw Maguire from the squad, saying; “Having spoken to Manchester United and the player, I have made this decision in the best interest of all parties and with consideration of the impact on our preparation for next week.”

Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane and Kyle Walker therefore all receive recalls after varying lengths of absence in recent seasons.

Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Harry Winks are the only midfielders from England’s match against Kosovo last November to retain their places, as Jordan Henderson drops out through injury whilst Everton’s Fabian Delph has been snubbed due to recent injury issues.

Jesse Lingard meanwhile is absent after failing to impress for Man Utd since lockdown.

Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips therefore receives his first international senior call-up alongside Phil Foden of Manchester City plus Man Utd’s Mason Greenwood.

James Ward-Prowse is also back in the fold after near 18 month absence from the Three Lions squad after producing solid performances for Southampton all campaign.

Up front, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane are both in the squad having looked set to miss Euro 2020 with back and hamstring injuries until it was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Southampton’s Danny Ings replaces Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson following a strong season in which he scored 22 goals for the Saints to tie Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as joint second highest Premier League scorers of the season behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy who had managed 23 goals.

England will visit Iceland on 5 September (5:00pm BST) before facing Denmark three days later in Copenhagen on 8 September (7:45pm BST) in their two opening Nations League ties of the 2020-21 campaign.

Full 23 man squad for UEFA Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defence: Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Kyle Walker (Manchester United)

Midfield: Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham), Phil Foden (Manchester City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Danny Ings (Southampton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

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