Maguire's bad run continues with dismissal in England defeat

Sports | AGENCIES 16 Oct 2020

Manager Gareth Southgate refused to go on the attack against Harry Maguire after the Manchester United defender was sent off 32 minutes into England's 1-0 defeat by Denmark in the Nations League at Wembley.

Maguire, whose off-field problems and poor club form have put his place in doubt, had a second yellow card for a lunge at Kasper Dolberg after being booked for a worse challenge on Yussuf Poulsen.

It left England to play a tidy Danish side for more than an hour with 10 men - a task made harder when Christian Eriksen netted a penalty for the visitors a few minutes later.

"The first yellow was for a challenge he didn't need to make," said Southgate, whose side bumped back to earth after Sunday's win over Belgium. "The second was an interception."

Maguire, 27, received a suspended 21-month prison term at a trial on the Greek island of Syros in August for assault and attempted bribery while on holiday.

"He's got a lot of stick thrown his way, he's got our full support," Southgate said. "We have total belief in him."

It was an ill-disciplined night for England with right back Reece James, on his debut, red-carded after the final whistle for confronting the referee.

Elsewhere, Kylian Mbappe gave World Cup holders France a 2-1 victory in Croatia, Portugal won 3-0 at home to Sweden, and Belgium triumphed 2-1 in Iceland with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice.

Robert Lewandowski also hit two as Poland beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 in Warsaw while the Netherlands rallied for a 1-1 draw with Italy in Bergamo.

Below the top tier, Scotland continued a tentative revival by beating the Czech Republic 1-0 at an empty Hampden thanks to an early goal by Ryan Fraser while Wales won 1-0 in Bulgaria with a late Jonny Williams goal.

And Stephen Kenny awaits his first win as Republic of Ireland boss after a 1-0 loss in Finland.

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