England name squad for Nations League fixtures; Manchester United captain Harry Maguire included

Gareth Southgate's England side face Iceland and Denmark next month
Gareth Southgate’s England side face Iceland and Denmark next month (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been included in England’s 24-man squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.

Maguire, 27, pleaded not guilty and was released from police custody after his arrest in Mykonos last week.

The defender was arrested following an alleged fight on Thursday night, along with two other Britons, aged 28 and 29.

England captain Harry Kane and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, are both available.

Kane is currently in quarantine following a trip to the Bahamas, while Sterling has tested negative for coronavirus after attending a party with eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt, who has reportedly tested positive.

England squad for Nations League fixtures

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Manchester United)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Danny Ings (Southampton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Southgate’s side will meet up at St George’s Park on August 30 ahead of the Nations League matches against Iceland on September 5 and Denmark on September 8.

The disruption caused by coronavirus, including Euro 2020 being delayed by 12 months, means England have not played since last November, when they beat Kosovo 4-0.

Explaining Maguire’s inclusion, Southgate said: ‘I’ve spoken with Harry, I have the insight to the story which is very different to what’s being reported.

‘You can only make decisions on facts you’re aware of… If facts and info change, I’ll have to review the decision.’

Three players – Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood – are called up to the national team for the first time.

Southampton’s Danny Ings – the joint-second highest scorer in the Premier League last season – is recalled for the first time since making his international debut five years ago.

Asked about his decision to call-up Greenwood and Foden, Southgate said: ‘They have been involved with England in the junior teams so they are used to coming here and being part of an England team.

‘This is a step up for them for sure but they are both more than capable. They’ve played in big matches for big clubs and have shown they are talented boys.

‘They are hugely exciting players and will be a big part of England’s future I think.’

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka both miss out despite impressive seasons, while Liverpool’s title-winning duo Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are ruled out through injury.

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