Harry Maguire returns to training with England in Euro 2020 boost

Harry Maguire has returned to training before England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia on Sunday, raising hopes the defender will be able to play during the group stage.

The Manchester United centre-back has not played since damaging ankle ligaments on 9 五月 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 2月. 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, イングランド have trialled Luke Shaw as the left-sided centre-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 centre-back against Croatia and they would also be forced to drop one of their creative players.

Southgate was unable to offer any assurances last week over Maguire featuring before the knockout phase. しかしながら, signs that Maguire is making good progress mean he could be in contention for England’s games against Scotland next Friday and the Czech Republic on 22 六月.

Maguire’s presence at training was welcomed by Reece James. “We all know how much of a key player he is in this squad,” the right-back said. “You can see how big an influence he has when he didn’t play in the Europa League final. It’s great to see him back on the training field today and hopefully he’s back soon.”

James has trained at right-back, wing-back and right centre-back this week. “I’ve played all three so far," 彼は言った. “I don’t know what’s going to happen or what position I might feature in.”

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