After recuperating from an ankle injury, Harry Maguire is healthy and ready to face Scotland.
Harry Maguire has declared himself fit and ready for England’s upcoming European Championship match against Scotland.
The 28-year-old centre-back is a critical member of Gareth Southgate’s squad, having helped the Three Lions reach the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia.
Since suffering a severe ankle sprain on May 9 after Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi landed awkwardly on him, Maguire’s availability for this summer’s Euros has been in doubt.
The defender missed the remainder of Manchester United’s season, including the Europa League final, and was unable to play in Sunday’s Group D victory against Croatia.
Maguire, on the other hand, has been making good progress and was back in full training last week, putting him in contention for Friday’s match against Scotland.
The centre-back remarked, “I feel okay, I’ve been training now.” “Clearly, the injury was a setback in terms of club football.
“Internationally, I wanted to come in with a lot of experience and complete fitness, but I’m in terrific shape. I’m back, I’ve been training, and I’m excited to get started.”
When asked if he was eager to start on Friday, he replied, “Definitely.” Obviously, this is a major event. I’ve completed a few practices and believe my condition is adequate, thus, as I previously stated, I’m ready for the game.”
Maguire anticipated missing the Europa League final and Euros as soon as the injury occurred, but following the “freak mishap,” the focus quickly shifted to strengthening the ankle.
“Every day, it’s about establishing confidence, and the only way to accomplish that is by practicing and playing games,” he explained.
“You can do as many rehab sessions as you want, but you can’t gain confidence if you’re not playing competitive football, especially if it’s an ankle or knee issue.
“So it’s just a matter of additional training sessions and games in training, whenever they come, and the confidence will continue to grow.
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