Gareth Southgate backs Harry Maguire and outlines Manchester United hope

Raphael Varane is on the sidelines and missed the defeat to Arsenal last weekend. United also lost both Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof in that game through injury and illness respectively.

That gave Maguire his first minutes of the season in the closing stages at the Emirates Stadium. Despite a lack of match action, Southgate still selected him for the England squad.

The Three Lions boss has been pleased with Maguire&aposs training levels and is hopeful he will now get more of an opportunity with Erik ten Hag&aposs side. Maguire is expected to start against Ukraine on Saturday evening.

Hes looked good. Hes training with top players every day, said Southgate. Obviously he got into the game the other day at a critical point, so as a defender thats not ideal, to come into a game at that situation.

But of course, hes a very experienced player and hes looked very good in training. Harry knows where our support is.