Gary Neville admitted Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is in a ‘bad place’ after issues on and off the field for club and country.
Maguire was deservedly sent off in the first half for two bookings after reckless studs-up challenges, leaving England a man light as they eventually lost 1-0 to Denmark.
The result means the 27-year-old will be suspended for the crucial collision with Belgium in November, while England fall to third in Nations League Group A2.
And one-club man Neville acknowledged Maguire’s torrid night means the ex-Leicester centre-half will return to Old Trafford in a similarly poor vein of form.
Wembley nightmare to United hangover
Neville told Sky Sports England duty had been a chance for Maguire to bounce back after United’s whole defence was ripped apart in the 6-1 mauling by Tottenham last week.
He said: “It sums up his last four to six weeks. It is a terrible time for him.
“Watching that Tottenham game when obviously Harry Maguire had a bad time, you were thinking he needed international duty just to get away, a different environment. But it has not served him well.
“He will go back in as bad of a place as he came.”
Maguire not suited to the left side?
Former England assistant manager Neville, 45, also suggested the £80m signing struggles with playing left centre-back despite being naturally right-footed.
He added: “What goes unnoticed when we talk about Mason Mount and Reece James on [the right] side is that Kyle Walker stepping in just gives them that service coming into them with real quality.
“They have not got that on the left-hand side [with Maguire]. It is a little bit more awkward. They are just having to go backwards and then out again.”
However, it appears Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will keep him in that position for United.