Manchester United captain Harry Maguire will be hoping to be back from injury at Euro 2020 by the time England play their third and final group game against the Czech Republic on June 22, meaning it could be a huge boost ahead of the knockout stages.
Maguire damaged his ankle ligaments in a Premier League match against Aston Villa in early May and missed the end of the club’s season as a result.
The centre-back, who rose to prominence with England at the 2018 World Cup, was named to the squad regardless of manager Gareth Southgate and made him eagerly await. return To full training on Thursday, just a few days before the Three Lions face Croatia in their opening match.
McGuire He hadn’t played or trained properly for a month by the time he took part in Thursday morning’s session and the prospect of facing Croatia was always slim.
The Scotland game on June 18 may come too early for Maguire to participate as he needs more time to build up his fitness and avoid any setbacks by not rushing back. but the daily mirror It is now reported that he is targeting the Czech Republic match on June 22nd.
Maguire’s return may be a timely boost to deliver England A fresh injection of experience and leadership at the back for the knockout stages, assuming they can navigate the group first.
Until then, Southgate has choices to make behind in terms of tactics and personnel. The coach often favored a system of three centre-backs during his tenure, in particular using it at the World Cup three years ago – although he opted to play with four in recent preliminary matches.
John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady and Ben White are the other defenders available to him on the team. Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw could also act as CBs in the treble.