England manager Gareth Southgate insists Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has his ‘full support’ after he was sent off during the Nations League defeat to Denmark.
Maguire was dismissed just 31 minutes into England’s clash with Denmark on Wednesday night after being shown yellow cards for late challenges on Yussuf Poulsen and Kasper Dolberg.
It turned out to be a pivotal moment in the match, with Denmark scoring a controversial penalty just minutes later and England unable to find an equaliser as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
Maguire has endured a miserable start to the season for club and country but Southgate says he retains his ‘full support’ and will bounce back soon.
The England manager said: ‘The first yellow was a challenge he didn’t need to make and it put him on edge. The second one is an interception and it just take him.
‘He’s a great player and massive part of what we do. He’s got a lot sticks thrown his way, he’s got our full support.
‘He just needs the reassurance that we have total belief in him. He’s had to deal with all sorts, and from some people who should know better.
‘When you’re a bit older you can rationalise it, and move forward from it.
‘He’s experiencing it from the first time really, he’s had setbacks but his profile has changed in the last couple of years because of the club he plays for and the success he’s had with us.
On England’s performance, Southgate added: ‘I was very proud of the performance.
‘I thought we were excellent with 11 men and causing them all sorts of problems down our right-hand side.
‘The sending off alters everything and the penalty. It’s a foul on Kyle Walker and I don’t see the foul at all. The less said the better.
‘We showed resilience and showed a great example of how to play with 10 pragmatically, and when to press.
‘Their keeper made an amazing save to keep it at 1-0. I couldn’t be prouder of the boys in the last 10 days, they are learning and improving.
‘We’ve had any number of changes to our preparation and showed resilience.’