Maguire’s conviction for assaulting a police offer and attempted bribery has been nullified after his legal team lodged an appeal, Manchester United have said
Last Updated: 26/08/20 8:21pm
Harry Maguire is unlikely to be reinstated into England’s squad for next month’s Nations League matches.
The Manchester United captain is set to have a full retrial after being granted an appeal against his conviction for aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery in Greece.
Maguire was given a suspended jail term of 21 months and 10 days on Tuesday, by a court on the island of Syros, following his arrest after a brawl last week on Mykonos.
England manager Gareth Southgate said his decision to withdraw Maguire from the squad, for the fixtures against Iceland and Denmark next month, after he was initially found guilty on all charges was “in the best interest of all parties”.
Maguire was arrested with his brother Joe, 28, and family friend Christopher Sharman, 29, after a fight broke out while he was on holiday in Mykonos over claims his sister was injected with a suspected “rape drug”.
All three men denied all charges.
First call-ups for Foden, Greenwood and Phillips
Maguire’s initial inclusion in England’s squad for the fixtures against Iceland and Denmark had been the headline news of Southgate’s selection, but there were also first call-ups for Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and Kalvin Phillips.
Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, have been named in the squad following impressive seasons for Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, while Kalvin Phillips is included after helping Leeds to the Championship title.
Liverpool midfielders Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well as Chelsea’s Ross Barkley, miss out due to injuries.
Ben Chilwell – who joined Chelsea on Wednesday – is still struggling with a heel problem, while Luke Shaw also has fitness concerns. It means England go into next month’s fixtures without a left-back in their squad after Southgate opted against including Danny Rose.
John Stones, who dropped down the pecking order at City this season, has also been excluded, but there is a first call-up for Danny Ings since he made his debut in 2015.
Raheem Sterling has also been called up by Southgate after testing negative for coronavirus. The winger attended a party with Usain Bolt – who has reportedly tested positive – in Jamaica on Friday.
Sterling’s City team-mate Kyle Walker is also included for the first time since the Nations League finals last summer but Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Callum Wilson and Fabian Delph – who were all in England’s last squad in November – also miss out.
England play away to Iceland on September 5 and Denmark three days later as they begin their Nations League campaign.
They will be the side’s first fixtures since the wins over Montenegro and Kosovo in November last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Full England squad
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
We have belief in new players, says Southgate
Southgate was keen to reserve praise for the three newcomers to his squad and impressed the need for competition for places, with Euro 2020 set to take place next summer.
He said: “I feel like, the last eight months, I’ve had so many difficult conversations in various areas of life generally. To be able to call a player this morning and let him know his first England call-up was going to happen today was a lovely moment and a reminder of how much it means to players and their families to be selected by England.
“Kalvin is a player who we’ve been very impressed by in this particular role he plays at Leeds. He’s obviously extremely well coached.
“It’s a step up for him because he’s got to adjust to life in the Premier League but it’s a position where we need competition for places. We’re interested to look at him in this early stage of the season.
“I think with Phil and with Mason, we know them a bit more. They’ve both been very impressive with our junior teams.
“I think both of them were excellent in the period post-lockdown with their clubs. Both played important matches at big clubs and had a big impact.
“They have the potential to be England internationals for a long time to come. As always, that is down to them and their mentality and the way they play. But we have belief in them and we’re really looking forward to working with them.”
Analysis: Southgate’s youth drive continues
Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:
The biggest talking point when Southgate’s squad was announced was the presence of Harry Maguire, but what’s most interesting is the inclusion of three newcomers at senior level in Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and Kalvin Phillips.
The trio, aged 20, 18 and 24 respectively, represent a continuation of Southgate’s youth drive. Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker is the only player in the 24-man squad over the age of 30.
The midfield is particularly youthful, with James Ward-Prowse the oldest of the six players called up at just 25. Phillips will hope to rival Declan Rice and Harry Winks for a place in the base of that midfield, while Foden could finally get a chance to showcase his creative qualities further forward. His inclusion comes at the expense of Jack Grealish, who seemingly has more work to do to win over Southgate.
Greenwood, meanwhile, joins a well-stocked strike force. Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford will head into next month’s games as Southgate’s first-choice frontmen, but Greenwood adds additional competition alongside Jadon Sancho, Danny Ings and Tammy Abraham, who scored 54 league goals between them last season.