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INVOLVED AGAIN: Maguire takes part in England’s training session

INVOLVED AGAIN: Maguire takes part in England’s training session

PA - Nick Potts

 

Harry Maguire trained with the rest of the England squad on Thursday as the centre-back continues to step up his recovery from an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old’s fitness has been one of the main talking points as Sunday’s European Championship opener against Croatia comes into focus.

Following Trent Alexander-Arnold's withdrawal from the squad due to injury, Gareth Southgate decided to call up Ben White to bring in centre back cover incase Maguire was unable to feature.

Tyrone Mings is also in the squad with Kyle Walker able to fill in at centre back, having had success as part of a back three during the 2018 World Cup.

 

Missing Out

 

Maguire suffered ankle ligament damage in Manchester United’s Premier League win at Aston Villa on May 9 after Anwar El Ghazi awkwardly landed on him.

The defender sat out the rest of the season, including being an unused substitute for the Europa League final loss Villarreal, and Gareth Southgate said it would be a “bonus” for him to be involved at the Euros.

But Maguire has been making steady progress and, having worked away from the group in the gym on Wednesday, continued to ease his way back by training with the rest of the 26-man squad.

Maguire looked comfortable taking part in training drills with team-mates during the open section of the session at St George’s Park on Thursday, although his availability for Croatia still looks questionable.


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