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Nations League: Chelsea legend picks Harry Maguire’s replacement in England squad

Former Chelsea star, Tony Cascarino, has told Gareth Southgate to remove Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire from England squad with immediate effect.

Cascarino wants the 29-year-old replaced in Southgate’s XI by West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

Rice is a defensive midfielder but Cascarino believes the West Ham man can do better in the defense than the struggling United captain.

Harry Maguire was named in the England side that lost 1-0 to Italy in Nations League on Friday night and has received a lot of backlash over his performances both for club and country.

Southgate himself has also come under fire for adding Maguire in his team with the European Championship runners-up being relegated from League A on Friday

The Three Lions have conceded seven goals in the Nations League so far, one of those against the Azzurri.

Cascarino has come up with a solution for England’s defensive woes – and that involves West Ham midfielder Rice.

“I’ve banged on about this for ages, and I’m going to drive people mad about this – the best way for England to play is a four [at the back],” the former Chelsea star told talkSPORT.

“And I really think the best person to play in a four, because he’s quick as well, is Declan Rice at the heart of England’s defence. Absolute centre-half.

“Playing alongside someone like John Stones, having that pace is going to be really important to England in a back-four.

“Declan could play that position blindfolded. He’s a natural defender.”

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