Harry Maguire set to start for England against Italy

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England boss Gareth Southgate is set to start Manchester United captain Harry Maguire against Italy later today, according to The Athletic.

Maguire, 29, has lost his place in Manchester United’s starting XI to Raphael Varane after being part of the sides which shipped six goals against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford.

Despite Maguire’s lack of game time at Manchester United, Southgate still considers the defender to be key player for his England team ahead of the World Cup in November.

Commenting on Maguire’s lack of game time at Manchester United, Southgate recently said: “Clearly, it’s not an ideal situation.

“You want your best players playing regularly so that they’re physically in a good place and mentally in a good place.”

He added: “But he is an important player for us. I think it’s important to back our best players.

“He understands that he’s at a big club, big transfer fee and captain of the club so I think that’s why the spotlight has been on him more.

“He’s focused on training well every day and getting himself back in the team. The squad we’ve picked, there are a fair number of players you could argue we could have left out, but I think we wanted to keep that group together and to keep them involved.

“But also they know that, for some of them, that they need to be playing more regularly because now we’re only a few weeks on from pre-season, so, physically, if they’ve had a few 90 minutes, that’s fine. Another seven or eight weeks, that does start to become more complicated.”

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