Southgate backs Maguire to bounce back after latest setback
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Southgate backs Maguire to bounce back after latest setback

England manager Gareth Southgate has once again backed defender Harry Maguire following his send-off against Denmark on Wednesday night.

Maguire has had a difficult start to the season for both club and country and according to Southgate, the player will learn a lot from the setbacks and bounce back.

"He’s having a difficult period and in these periods you learn a lot about yourself, you learn a lot about other people. You learn who’s there for you in those difficult times. He’ll come through it, he’ll be a better player and a stronger man for it.

"He knows there will be criticism after this, and you have to accept that. To go down to 10 men is costly for the team, but we fully back him, we fully support him. He’s been a top player and is a top player for us. He’ll come through it.

"He showed on Sunday why we think so much of him with his performance against Belgium. He’ll get through this period and he’ll be back to his best," Southgate said after the game.

The latest setback came after Maguire had an impressive outing against Belgium and it remains to be seen if the United manager will stick with his captain when he returns to club duty.

Maguire has started the campaign poorly after a truncated pre-season overshadowed by a well-documented Greek court case.

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