Gary Neville says there is a ‘shadow’ over Harry Maguire’s chances of playing for England in Euro 2020 as he says Gareth Southgate ‘can’t bring him straight into a knockout game’ after he was left on the bench against Scotland
- Harry Maguire was left on the bench for England’s clash against Scotland
- The defender said before the game that he felt fit to start the game at Wembley
- Gary Neville has doubt over whether Maguire can feature for England at all
Gary Neville has cast doubt over Harry Maguire featuring for England during the remainder of their Euro 2020 championships.
The Manchester United defender had declared himself fit to participate against Scotland at Wembley, after being out since an injury he sustained against Aston Villa on May 9.
However, Gareth Southgate opted to remain with John Stones and Tyrone Mings who played together during England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia on Sunday.
Harry Maguire was left on the bench for England despite saying he was ‘fit’ to start the game
The 28-year-old though did make the bench indicating he is a step closer to making an appearance in a boost for England.
Former Manchester United star Neville though fears it’s getting to a point where it could be too late to throw Maguire into the starting line-up.
He told ITV before the game: ‘I think he would have started if he was fit, he mustn’t be fit and that must be a concern as the tournament goes on.
‘If Gareth doesn’t think he can play against Scotland then that would cast a shadow on him across the rest of the tournament for me.
‘As it gets to the point where you can’t bring him into a knockout game mid-way through the competition.’
In the build-up to the game, Maguire said that he ‘felt good’ and ‘desperate to start’.
He added: ‘In terms of the ankle, I feel like it’s stable and I’m ready to go. I feel fit and fresh. I’ve done a few sessions now and feel like my fitness is there so, like I say, I’m available for the game.’
Gary Neville doubts whether Harry Maguire can be thrown into the line-up mid-tournament
Tyrone Mings formed an impressive central defensive partnership with John Stones in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Croatia, with Kieran Trippier’s contribution crucial to helping the Aston Villa defender adjust to his first experience of tournament football.
For the game against Scotland, Southgate made two changes with Reece James and Luke Shaw coming in for Kyle Walker and Trippier.
Maguire has one more opportunity to start a group stage game before England would have to play in the knockout stage.
England face Czech Republic on Tuesday, and should they win their group, they would likely have to face one of Portugal, France or Germany in the next round.