Gareth Southgate has no regrets over dropping Harry Maguire from England squad

Gareth Southgate has no regrets about how he handled the Harry Maguire fiasco – and wants the shamed star back in his England squad.

Three Lions boss Southgate was left red faced after being forced to drop Maguire when he was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempting to bribe police following a drunken brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos last month.

Southgate had included the Manchester United captain in his squad for the Nations League games in Iceland and Denmark – but then axed him following the court's decision to give Maguire a suspended prison sentence.

Maguire, 27, has appealed the guilty verdict and faces a new trial in Greece – when he will attempt to clear his name.

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The Three Lions will meet up again in October for games against Belgium and Denmark and Southgate is keen to bring Maguire back into the international fold.

Southgate admits he will have to live with his decision, but would do the same thing again if he had to.

He said: "We've talked right the way through very openly and honestly, and, of course, Harry would prefer to be here with the team. He wants to play football and he wants to be part of it.

"But I think with everything that's gone on in his life in the last couple of weeks, it was so important that he's been able to let everything just calm down.

"He now has the chance to re-energise, get back to training with his club and then all being well he'll be with us in October. We will absolutely look to get him involved in October.

"I think everybody is now aware how complex this case was. I felt it important to support our player, so I always knew that the timing of the case was potentially going to mean we would have to change something in a relatively short period.

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"But we had a squad to pick of 25 and lots of things to prepare for, medically and everything else, so we couldn't delay just for one situation.

"That ended up being as it was. I have to live with that. It didn't bother me, the reaction to it, I knew that would come. But the chain of events and the way I described them, I think would be the same if I did it again."

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