Former Germany and Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann is the latest person to shower Harry Maguire with praise. Maguire returned from a six-week lay-off last week against the Czech Republic and impressed with his calm and assuring performance.
It was the first time Maguire had played since May, after he suffered damage to his ankle ligaments in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The 28-year-old was ruled out of Manchester United’s last four games of the season and was doubtful for England’s Euro 2020 campaign.
But after stepping up his recovery, Maguire started England’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic and is now in line to start against Germany in the round of 16.
“You have Harry Maguire, who kind of frightens everybody when this guy rolls through midfield,” Klinsmann told The Athletic. “He reminds me a bit of Lucio, the Brazilian centre-back — he looks like a Mustang running through everybody.”
An evaluation of Maguire’s fitness is expected to be made ahead of the encounter, but if cleared to feature, it is expected that Southgate will name him in the starting eleven. Luke Shaw is also believed to be the frontrunner to play on the left side.
Marcus Rashford, however, is unlikely to start after being restricted to just three substitute appearances in England’s group games.