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Southgate Offers Maguire 'Full Support' After Red Card

Southgate Offers Maguire 'Full Support' After Red Card Photo: TT
England's Harry Maguire, right, reacts as he is shown a red card by referee Jesus Gil Manzano, left, during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium in London

England boss Gareth Southgate has offered support not criticism to captain Harry Maguire after his red card in their 1-0 home loss to Denmark in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday.

Former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 35th minute as Denmark edged England at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Eriksen’s goal came four minutes after Manchester United defender Maguire was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

Maguire, 27, was the world’s most expensive defender last year but now he’s enduring a poor run of form since being arrested in Greece in August for assault.

“He’s having a difficult period and in these periods you learn a lot about yourself,” Southgate said.

“You learn who’s there for you in those difficult times. He’ll come through it, he’ll be a better player and a stronger man for it.

“To go down to 10 men is costly for the team, but we fully back him, we fully support him.”

England slips down to second in their UEFA Nations League group behind Belgium who won 2-1 away to struggling Iceland thanks to a Romelu Lukaku double.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, world champions France claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia in Zagreb, with Kylian Mbappe popping up with a late winner.

Portugal, minus Cristiano Ronaldo due to coronavirus, won 3-0 over Sweden in Lisbon to remain top of their group ahead of Les Bleus on goal difference.

Italy and the Netherlands couldn’t be split, drawing 1-1 in Bergamo, allowing Poland to go top of their group with a 3-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina with Robert Lewandowski netting a brace.

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