Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire has been doubtful to feature for his national team since suffering damage to his ankle ligament last month. Gareth Southgate was given a boost after the 28-year-old joined full team training last week but after spending over a month on the sidelines, concerns over his fitness remain.
Gary Neville has outlined his concerns over Maguire’s fitness, arguing that the defender must return during the group stage if he is to feature at all for England in their Euro 2020 campaign.
“If Harry Maguire can get back to a level, he will come back in,” Neville told Sky Sports. “But if he comes back in, I think if it’s not against Scotland, it has to be against Czech Republic. You couldn’t make Harry Maguire’s first game back a knockout game.
“Maguire must surface in the next two matches, otherwise I fear you won’t see him in the tournament, and it would be Stones and Mings to continue.”
The defender will face an anxious wait ahead of England’s penultimate group game against Scotland on Friday as he continues his recovery.
Having already beaten Croatia last week, Maguire’s England have a golden opportunity to seal their position as the group’s top team and qualify for the next round top of the table.