The Red Devils defender made headlines in the summer of 2020 for the wrong reasons, but Gareth Southgate has always stuck with him
Harry Maguire says he “never feared for my international career” during a test time on and off the field in the summer of 2020 asked him questions at Manchester United and with England.
The defender of the Red Devils was arrested during a break in Mykonos last August, before being sent on a trip to the Three Lions against Denmark in October.
Sensational offenses led to him being dropped at club level and dumped by his country, but the 28-year-old defender retained the full support of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gareth Southgate.
What was said?
On his role in England’s plans, earning a place in Euro 2020 return to form and fitness, Maguire told reporters: ‘I have never feared for my international career. Without informing too much about what went on last summer, I knew where I stood.
“I always knew what was going on. I’m totally over it. It was definitely a difficult time, but I moved on.
“Gareth’s support of me has been brilliant since I made my debut for England. Since then, when I was available, I have played a lot in every possible game. It gives me a lot of confidence, faith and confidence.
“Every time I step on the field, I try to repay the faith and the trust.
“I’ve had a lot of conversations, a lot of texts, a lot of calls from Gareth. And then he talks to him when I get to camp, he’s always there to help.
“It’s impossible to go through a career without having bad moments and making mistakes. Gareth carries on his experiences and the way he handles things, and I’m always open to learning and improving.
“I can not speak strongly enough of Gareth and what he has done for me personally and the trust and confidence he has placed in me.”
England suffered a 1-0 defeat to Denmark in the match in which Maguire was rejected, but individual and collective injustices can be rectified on Wednesday when the two countries meet again in the last four of Euro 2020.
Maguire adds in his last outing against the Danes and how he reacted to the setback: ‘It was a challenging time, but I’m proud of the way I handled it and got through it.
‘But four days before that game we just beat the number one team in the world, Belgium, and I played 90 minutes and played a big part in that game.
‘My touch was maybe a little off (against Denmark) – it was definitely off for the second booking I got. When I walked off the field, I naturally felt low. I felt like I was letting my team down.
‘But mistakes happen and you bounce back and I’m proud of the way I’ ve handled myself ever since.
“It was important for me to come back strong and perform well for Manchester United. I finally won our next game against Newcastle.”