Maguire pushing for England opener

10 June 2021 21:58:11

Central defender Harry Maguire has returned to training for England ahead of their opening game at Euro 2020 against Croatia on Sunday.

The Three Lions kick-off their campaign this weekend at Wembley and are? to make a winning start, with the Croats, who knocked England out of the 2018 World Cup,? and the draw .

Maguire had looked set to miss Group D curtain-raiser having not played since injuring his ankle in Manchester United's win over Aston Villa on 9th May, but now appears to have an outside chance of playing.

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The 28-year-old linked up with the rest of the England squad last week after being given some time off following a late end to United's season and head coach Gareth Southgate had refused to put a timeframe on the defender's return.

Maguire resumed running shortly after joining up with the national side and made a welcome return to full training on Thursday.

Whether he is fit enough to face Croatia remains to be seen with both Maguire and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson doubtful for Sunday's game.

Henderson has only played 45 minutes since February due to a groin injury and he could have to be content with a place on the bench, potentially alongside Maguire.

With two of his more experienced players doubts for their Euro 2020 opener, Southgate is understood to be considering a change of formation, potentially switching to a back three.

The former Middlesbrough boss hasn’t played three at the back since November last year, opting to go with a four-man defence for the warm-up wins over Austria and Romania.

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