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'I am still unconvinced by Maguire' for England

Phil McNulty - Chief football writer
Phil McNulty - Chief football writer

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty has been taking your questions on the Premier League and those players on international duty.

Vicky Gaskin asked: Are you surprised at just how loyal Gareth Southgate is to Harry Maguire? He looked shaky again against Brazil on Saturday and he’s had limited game time at Manchester United this season.

Phil replied: No, I’m not surprised, Vicky, because Gareth Southgate is very loyal to those he believes have delivered for him - although I am still unconvinced by Maguire for this summer's Euros.

Maguire made a passionate defence of his England record last week and he has every right to do that seeing as he played in a team that reached the World Cup semi-final in 2018, the final of Euro 2020 and then the 2022 World Cup quarter-final.

I do feel that area might be a weak link at Euro 2024 but at the moment no big alternative jumps out and Southgate is a big fan of Maguire’s partnership with John Stones. He also feels Maguire has never let him down for England and sees no need, at this stage, to consider replacing him.

Read more of the Q&A with McNulty