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Harry Maguire lines-up for England against Italy in vital Nations League game

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Harry Maguire will start for England against Italy this evening despite struggling for game time at Manchester United this season.

The centre back has been usurped by the impressive Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane in the United defence and has not started in the Premier League for six weeks.

Despite his poor club form, Gareth Southgate appears to see Maguire's leadership and aerial ability as vital to this England side, although he may be looking to protect the 29-year-old by playing him in a back three.

Fans seemed unhappy with the decision to keep the out-of-form United captain in the starting eleven, with one tweeting: 'Maguire starting over Tomori is a sackable offence.' Others asked: 'What cereal competition did Maguire enter?' And questioned the 'merit' he was being picked on.

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