Harry Maguire hands Gareth Southgate huge selection dilemma as England manager ‘will wait to discover full facts’ before making decision on Man United captain’s inclusion in his Three Lions squad after Greece arrest
- Gareth Southgate will wait to learn of the full facts of Harry Maguire’s arrest
- Southgate will name his squad for games against Iceland and Denmark
- However, Maguire’s inclusion remains uncertain after a brawl in Greece
- The Man United star was arrested after allegedly attacking police officers
England manager Gareth Southgate will wait to learn the full facts relating to Harry Maguire’s fracas in Greece before choosing whether to select him for next month’s round of Nations League games, according to The Times.
Southgate will name his squad on Tuesday ahead of games against Iceland and Denmark on September 5 and 8, and the England boss has to decide whether to include Manchester United captain Maguire, who has been a key figure in his side since the 2018 World Cup.
However, Maguire’s inclusion in the squad is clouded by uncertainty, after the 27-year-old was allegedly involved in an incident involving Greek police and tourists while on holiday in Mykonos.
Gareth Southgate faces a selection dilemma as he waits to hear the full facts relating to Harry Maguire’s arrest
The Man United star was arrested on Thursday after an alleged brawl in Mykonos, Greece
An alleged brawl with British tourists erupted outside a bar before police arrived at the scene. Maguire and two other people were arrested and detained in custody on a charge of aggravated assault.
The England defender spent two nights in a jail cell but has subsequently been released on Saturday after a closed hearing at a Greek court in Syros amid reports that Maguire had been protecting his sister.
The alleged brawl kicked off after rival fans shouted ‘F*** United’ at a Mykonos bar on Thursday. Maguire’s sister Daisy was then stabbed in the arm with a ‘sharp object’ and he stepped in to defend her, according to the Mykonos Voice.
Maguire has been a key part of Southgate’s side and would ordinarily be selected to play
Southgate will name his squad for games against Iceland and Denmark on Tuesday
Maguire then allegedly attacked policemen and five officers were reportedly needed to wrestle him to the ground.
According to police, one of the men arrested then allegedly tried to bribe officers before being arrested.
Maguire, who earns about £190,000-a-week, and two other men, thought to be fellow players, were charged with aggravated assault, verbal assault and attempted bribery of a police official, although it is unclear exactly who was charged with what.
Maguire’s lawyer has said that he has denied all charges but didn’t say on what grounds.
The incident involving Maguire leaves Southgate with a selection dilemma, as he prepares for England’s first international game since they faced Kosovo in November 2019.