United players named in England squad
Mason Greenwood has been included in the England squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.
It’s the first time the 18-year-old has been called up to the senior Three Lions side, after a season in which he hit 17 goals for Manchester United in 49 appearances.
Greenwood, who won four caps for England Under-21s in 2019, is one of three United players called up by Gareth Southgate for the games, which will take place in Reykjavik and Copenhagen behind closed doors on Saturday 5 September and Tuesday 8 September respectively.
Dean Henderson could also be in line for an international debut, after being part of Southgate’s squad last year, while Marcus Rashford is also in the group.
Harry Maguire was initially included in the squad, but was later withdrawn following the outcome of today's court case in Greece.
Gareth Southgate said:
“In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark.
“As I said earlier today, I reserved the right to review the situation. Having spoken to Manchester United and the player, I have made this decision in the best interests of all parties and with consideration of the impact on our preparations for next week.”
Reacting to the verdict of the court case, a club statement said:
“Manchester United notes the verdict of the Greek court today. Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty to all of the misdemeanour charges made against him and he continues to strongly assert his innocence.
“It should be noted that the prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the day before the trial, giving the defence team minimal time to digest them and prepare. A request for the case to be adjourned was subsequently denied.
“On this basis, along with the substantial body of evidence refuting the charges, Harry Maguire’s legal team will now appeal the verdict, to allow a full and fair hearing at a later date.”
Harry Maguire also said:
“Following the hearing today, I have instructed my legal team with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing.
“I remain strong and confident regarding our innocence in this matter - if anything myself, family and friends are the victims.”
A CHALLENGE FOR MASON
United forward Greenwood, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips have all been handed a maiden senior call-up.
Meanwhile, Southampton forward Danny Ings earns a recall for the first time in five years, after netting 22 goals in the Premier League last season.
Speaking to the FA about new additions Greenwood and Foden, manager Southgate said:
“They have been involved with England with the junior teams. It's a step up for them but they are both more than capable.
”They have shown playing in big matches for big clubs that they are talented boys. They are both hugely exciting players who can be part of England's future. It is up to them to take it forward. It is now the right time a year away from the European Championships. Let's see if they can start to break into that team and that squad.
ENGLAND SQUAD FOR GAMES V ICELAND AND DENMARK
Dean Henderson (UNITED), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Eric Dier (Tottenham), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Mason Greenwood (UNITED), Danny Ings (Southampton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (UNITED), Jadon Sancho (Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)