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Coady defends Maguire call-up despite United troubles
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Mitchell Fretton
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Harry Maguire started for England in the 1-1 draw with Ukraine
Harry Maguire started for England in the 1-1 draw with Ukraine

Leicester defender Conor Coady has backed Gareth Southgate's decision to continue playing Harry Maguire for England. 

The 30-year-old is struggling to make an impact under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United but he retains the faith of the Three Lions boss.

Maguire played the full game as England drew 1-1 with Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Saturday and Coady jumped to his defence as questions over the stalwart's involvement continue.

He said: "We all see the debate when a squad goes out and [people say], 'He should be in and he shouldn't be in.' 

"I think the big thing that we've got to remember is that it's still a football team and you still need people within that squad who are mainstays.

"You can say about H [Maguire] not playing as much for United or whatever it is but when you go [on England duty] you feel how big H is there.

"I think it's important to remember from a fan point of view and other people's point of view that to create a team you do need players in the team who are experienced and have played a lot. Harry brings that and more."

Harry Maguire has the backing of his England team-mates
Harry Maguire has the backing of his England team-mates

Maguire had not played a single minute in the Premier League at the time of his selection but did make a cameo in the loss to Arsenal after Lisandro Martinez was withdrawn through injury.

Coady dismissed the defender's troubles with his club and pointed out that he has always been on top form for his country.

He added: "I'll be honest, every time I have played with him for England and been in a squad with him, he's delivered.

"Every time he goes, especially for those young lads, he's going to be absolutely massive for the boys coming through as well."

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