Manchester United‘s captain Harry Maguire has returned to training today ahead of
Englands Euros bid. Maguire has not played since damaging ankle ligaments on 9 May
and Gareth Southgate has been unable to put a timeframe on his return.
Maguire resumed running only last week and he remains unlikely to play when England
face Croatia in Group D at Wembley.
Having worked on his rehabilitation in the gym, Maguire gave England a boost by
joining his teammates in training on Thursday.
The 28-year-old is one of England’s most important players and Southgate was not
prepared to leave him out of his squad. The manager has also shown patience with
Jordan Henderson, who has only played one half since suffering a groin injury on 20
February. Henderson hit back at his critics this week, insisting he is ready to face Croatia.
Southgate is considering whether to switch to a back three in the likely absence of
Maguire. With doubts remaining over whether Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady, or Ben White
are ready to partner John Stones in a back four, England has trialed Luke Shaw as the
left-sided center-back in a back three in training this week.
Maguire’s injury has given Southgate a conundrum. England could line up with four
full-backs if Shaw plays at center-back against Croatia and they would also be forced
to drop one of their creative players.