Euro 2020: Good news for England; Harry Maguire fitness boost as defender completes full training: Harry Maguire has provided a big boost to England’s European hopes as the defender has completed the full training season with his teammates.
Despite not playing a minute since his injury against Aston Villa in the Premier League Gareth Southgate was unwilling to leave the 28 year old out of his 26 man squad as he had hoped to have his most trusted player by his side by the time Euro resumes.
since his return from the injury layoff, the Manchester United captain didn’t train with his fellow players at first and had been working in the gym on his own to work on his recovery. He only joined the team training on Thursday and merely could have made it to the bench against Croatia.
But given his current condition, the former Leicester City defender might be able to offer his gaffer a tough selection headache ahead of their Euro 2020 opener.
In normal circumstances, Maguire would be one of the first names on the team sheet. England pondered with a number of combinations in his absence but with Maguire recovering rapidly Southgate might have to get back to his most trusted backline partners alongside Manchester City’s John Stones.
The Three Lions manager refused to rule out Maguire’s return on Friday. “It is a long shot but he is further ahead than we thought he might be at this point so we are certainly not going to rule it out.”
But if he fails to prove his fitness in time Southgate could field a three man defence with Luke Shaw taking the left centre back position most likely. Stones is destined to play in the heart of the backline while Chelsea right back Reece James could be introduced as a right sided defender.