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'His performance needs to go up if he wants to keep his place': Ashley Cole warns under-fire defender Harry Maguire that Joe Gomez or Conor Coady could steal his England spot if he doesn't improve Harry Maguire has been delivered a stark warning over his England starting spot  The captain returned to the starting line-up against Belgium  Former international Ashley Cole says Maguire must improve his performances    Joe Gomez and Conor Coady will be hoping to oust Maguire from the back line

By Daniel Davis For Mailonline

Published: 17:29 BST, 11 October 2020 | Updated: 17:36 BST, 11 October 2020

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Harry Maguire has been delivered a stark warning over his England starting role by former international Ashley Cole.

The captain was restored to the Three Lions' line-up against Belgium on Sunday, in what proved to be his first international appearance after his arrest in Greece following a heated bar brawl.

But despite being brought back into the squad by Gareth Southgate, Cole insists that Maguire has improve his performances after a poor start to the season to fend off competition ahead of next summer's European Championships.

Ashley Cole has warned Harry Maguire that he must improve his performances for England

Ashley Cole has warned Harry Maguire that he must improve his performances for England

Ex-Three Lions international Cole pointed out competition from Conor Coady and Joe Gomez

Ex-Three Lions international Cole pointed out competition from Conor Coady and Joe Gomez

Conor Coady was handed his second appearance for England in the friendly win over Wales in midweek and even capped off an impressive showing with a well-taken goal.

And Cole believes that the Wolves defender, and Liverpool regular Joe Gomez, are both mounting serious competition to usurp Maguire.

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