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Harry Maguire situation ‘not ideal’ but Gareth Southgate still rates England man

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England Training Session and Media Day – St. George’s Park – Tuesday September 20th

Gareth Southgate says Harry Maguire’s lack of playing time is “not an ideal situation”, but the under-fire Manchester United captain retains the England manager’s support and belief.

The world’s most expensive defender currently finds himself out of favor at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag dropping him to the bench after losing the opening two games of the season.

Maguire’s only start since then came in the Europa League loss to Real Sociedad and last Thursday he made an 89th-minute appearance against Sheriff Tiraspol in the competition.

England’s Harry Maguire during a training session at St George’s Park (Mike Egerton/PA)

Southgate included the 29-year-old in his England squad earlier today despite his lack of action – one of several similar issues he faces, which he likened to a situation handled by the English rugby coach Eddie Jones.

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