HARRY KANE says England’s players will rally around Harry Maguire after a miserable start to the season.
The Manchester United captain was sent off for collecting two bookings in a wretched 31 minutes during England’s Nations League match against Denmark.
Maguire was withdrawn from last month’s England squad after being handed a suspended 21-month prison sentence following an incident in Mykonos during the pre-season break — a verdict the defender denies and is appealing.
The off-season drama appears to have impacted the 27-year-old, whose poor United form translated on to the international scene when he was sent off for collecting two bookings in a wretched 31 minutes.
England went on to lose the Nations League clash against Denmark 1-0 but manager Gareth Southgate threw his backing behind Maguire after the match, as did skipper Kane.
‘Harry’s a strong guy, a strong guy mentally,’ the Tottenham striker, who has faced flak of his own down the years, said.
‘I think any professional footballer, it takes a lot of ups and downs to reach the level that we’re at and H has definitely had that.
‘He’s had ups and downs in his career. Obviously it wasn’t his night but he’ll definitely learn from it.
‘Football’s a game that can turn around quick. All you can do is learn and work harder and that’s what H will do.
‘I’m not worried about him. The boys will get around him. We’ve got another camp in a few weeks and we’ve just got to stick together.’
Southgate says he has no intention of taking Maguire out of the firing line when England next meet up in November.
‘He’s been a top player and is a top player for us. He’ll come through it,’ he said.
‘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.’