England has dropped Harry Maguire from the national team roster following his guilty conviction in Greece on Tuesday.
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Maguire was given a 21-month suspended sentence after being arrested on an aggravated assault and attempted bribery of an official charge on the Greek island of Mykonos last week.
The Manchester United captain plead not guilty to the charges earlier this week. He was with two others who allegedly had a disagreement and were then abusive to the police as plain-clothes police officers were at the scene. Maguire’s defense team alleged that his sister was given a “rape drug” which led to the altercations.
“In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark,” Southgate said in a statement. “As I said earlier today, I reserved the right to review the situation. Having spoken to Manchester United and the player, I have made this decision in the best interests of all parties and with consideration of the impact on our preparations for next week.”
Maguire has 26 caps for the Three Lions and has scored once for England.
Southgate just announced his squad on Tuesday, which includes five other center backs: Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.
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