‘Zero games’ Maguire sure of survival…England selection controversy

Harry Maguire, who has struggled for playing time at Manchester United, will not be left out of the England squad for the upcoming World Cup.

“Maguire is likely to be included in England’s squad to face Ukraine and Scotland despite not making a single appearance for Manchester United this season,” Sky Sports reported on Tuesday.

Maguire, who saw his playing time diminish with the arrival of Eric Mourinho last season, did not play in any of the opening three games of the season. Tenakh has opted for Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof at center back, while Maguire hasn’t played a minute. 스포츠토토

Having stripped Maguire of his captain’s armband before the season, Tenhagh has now put him on the transfer market.

West Ham United came in for Maguire and Manchester United made an offer, but Maguire rejected the chance to move to the Hammers, preferring to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place.

It was widely expected that Maguire would be left out of the England squad as he is not getting game time for his club.

However, a number of England defenders have hit the injury list. John Stones and Tyrone Mings are injured, while another defensive option, Eric Dier, has been ruled out of Tottenham Hotspur’s opening three games, leaving his selection uncertain. “With Gareth Southgate’s need for an experienced central defender, Maguire is certain to retain his place in the England squad,” Sky Sports said.

“Nevertheless, Maguire is a controversial choice if he does make the squad,” Sky Sports claimed.

While Southgate has shown faith in Maguire, he said in May that “you can’t make the squad on form alone” and that he would look at consistent appearances for the club as a selection criteria.

With a number of defenders missing from the England squad, there could be some new faces in the squad. Mark Gehi, who made his debut in the last call-up, is certain to be called up again, while Chelsea’s 20-year-old defender Levi Colwill has been tipped for a call-up. Colwill, who has made 11 appearances for England’s Under-21s, was called up to the senior squad in May as a replacement for Lewis Dunk when he went down with injury. He was not included in the squad at the time, but with a number of injuries, his chances of getting a call-up have increased. Colwill has started each of Chelsea’s opening three games.

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