Man United captain Harry Maguire ‘reassured by Gareth Southgate his place in England is safe’

Harry Maguire “is reassured by Gareth Southgate that his place at the World Cup in England is secure” despite Man United boss Erik ten Hag dropping the defender on the bench after a shaky start to the season

  • Harry Maguire lost his place in Man United’s defense after losing 4-0 to Brentford
  • Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have since formed a strong partnership
  • But Maguire has been told by Gareth Southgate his place in England is still secure
  • That will be a relief given the upcoming World Cup in Qatar in November
  • Maguire is expected to be involved in the next two Nations League games
  • For the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates, click here

Gareth Southgate ‘has told Harry Maguire his place in England is not in jeopardy’ despite Erik ten Hag dropping him from Manchester United.

The United captain started in the first two Premier League games of the season but lost his place to Lisandro Martinez after the 4-0 defeat at Brentford.

Summer newcomers Martinez and Raphael Varane have since formed a solid central defense partnership as United have won their three straight games.

Harry Maguire'has been reassured by Gareth Southgate his place in England is secure' despite losing his place in Manchester United's defence

Harry Maguire ‘has been reassured by Gareth Southgate his place in England is secure’ despite losing his place in Manchester United’s defence

Maguire (right) was demoted to the bench after a shaky start from Erik ten Hag

Maguire (right) was demoted to the bench after a shaky start from Erik ten Hag

It’s left Maguire warming up from the bench and facing an uphill battle to reclaim his spot, which is hardly ideal with November’s World Cup fast approaching.

However, according to The Sun, England manager Southgate has already contacted the 29-year-old, telling him his place will not be affected by a lack of playing time for his club.

They report that Southgate believes Maguire has plenty of credit on the bench from his 46 previous England appearances and will be part of his plans for Qatar.

Maguire is likely to be called up by Ten Hag sooner or later as United start their UEFA Europa League season against Real Sociedad on Thursday meaning a more intense schedule.

The United captain sits on the bench in Southampton with Tom Heaton and Cristiano Ronaldo

The United captain sits on the bench in Southampton with Tom Heaton and Cristiano Ronaldo

Southgate has moved to reassure Maguire he has plenty of credit in the bank with England

Southgate has moved to reassure Maguire he has plenty of credit in the bank with England

Earlier, United host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The defender is hoping to be there for England when they conclude their UEFA Nations League season with games against Italy in Milan on 23 September and Germany three days later at Wembley.

They open their World Championship match against Iran on November 21st.

Maguire was excellent when Southgate’s England side reached the final of the European Championship last year but his form plummeted alarmingly last season.

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