By Shadrack Andenga Odinga
England national team head coach Gareth Southgate has named Manchester united captain Harry Maguire in his squad despite his arrest while on vacation in Greece, but a decision from the courts on Tuesday changed his decision.
Speaking to English media via video call, Southgate was earlier optimistic that the defender’s mind was all secure as his side prepares for a Uefa Nations League game in September.
“He has got my support at this moment,” Southgate said on a media video call. “Harry regrets the fact he has brought that sought of focus and attention on the team and he apologized for that, but he has his own side of the story that will come out,” Said the national team manager adding that Maguire denies any wrongdoing.
The former Leicester city fc defender and two other defendants have been charged with assault and swearing in public, with Maguire also being accused of attempting to bribe a police officer following his arrest.
Maguire’s trial started earlier Tuesday in Greece without him being required to attend the hearing. After the session started, the Syros court called a recess to consider procedural issues raised by Maguire’s lawyers.
According to reports, the greek court was informed of the player’s arrogance and resstance to arrest, something that made the England head coach to change his decision on what would have been his 22nd national team call up.
Maguire’s United teammate, 18-year-old forward Mason Greenwood, has been brought into the senior squad for the first time. Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden and Leeds defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips also earned first call-ups.