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Manchester United's Harry Maguire a 'big bonus' for England Euro 2020 chances if fit

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 5 days ago John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt believes a fit Harry Maguire will be a 'big bonus' for England if the Manchester United central defender is fit and can start for the Three Lions at Euro 2020.

The tournament kicks off today a year later than originally envisaged due to the coronavirus pandemic when Turkey take on Italy in Rome.

England's group includes Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic, with the Three Lions beginning their campaign on Sunday at Wembley against the former.

England play Scotland on Friday, June 18, before taking on the Czech Republic on Tuesday, June 22, to conclude Group D.

Gareth Southgate has selected Maguire as part of his squad but there have been doubts about his fitness.

Maguire missed the climax to United's season due to an ankle ligament problem, playing no part in their Europa League final defeat on penalties to Villarreal — the first time he'd missed games through injury since arriving at Old Trafford in July 2019.

But Maguire has returned to England training on the eve of Euro 2020, in a major boost for the Three Lions before their tournament opener.

Bolton boss Evatt knows the United and England defender, having played with his brother Laurence at former club Chesterfield.

Evatt believes Maguire is a 'huge part' of England plans in the centre of defence and believes a fit United captain will be a 'big bonus' for Southgate and the Three Lions heading into the tournament.

Evatt said: “This is how the game has changed in England first and foremost that we’ve got an unbelievable amount of very talented forward players and midfield players.

"We were always strong at centre back, growing up as a kid we always had incredible centre backs and at the moment we just seem to have a bit of a shortage there.

"Harry’s a huge part of that. Harry’s a person I know well.

"I played with his brother at Chesterfield, I spent time with him and he’s a fantastic fella first and foremost, but a very good football player and if we can get him in one piece then obviously he’s a big bonus for us moving forwards through the tournament.”


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