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Southgate: Man Utd captain Maguire remains among England's best

England coach Gareth Southgate has defended the selection of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.

Maguire is a regular for the Three Lions but his place in Southgate's plans is under scrutiny after he lost his place in United's team under Erik ten Hag.

"Clearly, it's not an ideal situation," said Southgate. "You want your best players playing regularly so that they're physically and mentally in a good place. But he is an important player for us.

"It's important to back our best players. You always have to back your judgement. If we thought there were experienced players ready to step in and play at a level above him there would be a different consideration.

"He is our most dominant aerial centre back. Him and John (Stones) are incredible with the ball."



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