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Harry Maguire’s England place ‘in doubt’ for EURO 2024, with claim made



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Harry Maguire has been an ever-reliable centre-back for Gareth Southgate since he took charge of the England squad, but doubts about his place are rising.

Since Euro 2016, Harry Maguire has curryed favour for Gareth Southgate in every international tournament for England, and his performances initially earned him an £80 million move to Manchester United.

Although his form at the Old Trafford club has been largely inconsistent since he joined, he has been an ever-present for England, doubts about his security in the position ahead of the 2024 European Championships in Germany this summer are starting to establish themselves.

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Former Premier League player Glen Johnson, when asked whether he believes Maguire’s chances of starting for England at Euro 2024 could be affected by his performance during England’s 1-0 defeat against Brazil last Saturday, has claimed that Maguire doesn’t have much of a chance even prior to the fixture.

“To be honest, I didn’t think that Harry had much of a chance of starting for England at Euro 2024 before the Brazil game, so I don’t think his performance in that game would have significantly improved his chances anyway,” Johnson told BetFred.

“In international friendlies, you need your experienced players to be the backbone of the team, regardless of whether they’re in form or not, because it would allow the youngsters to make mistakes, learn their trade and feel reassured.

“If they’ve got rocky, experienced players around them, then it’s only going to rock the boat for the youngsters coming in, and it’s not going to be as settled as they’d want it to be.

“I don’t believe Harry’s chances of starting for England at Euro 2024 have changed because of the Brazil game. Some players did themselves a favour, and some of them didn’t, but I believe Gareth was just giving a lot of those players the experience of playing for England rather than using it as a chance to analyse who should be starting at the Euros and who shouldn’t.”

There are several candidates to take over from Maguire in the position this summer, with John Stones, Marc Guehi, Fikayo Tomori, Jarrad Branthwaite, Lewis Dunk, and Ezri Konsa all staking claims for the role.