Defender Harry Maguire says he is fit and available for England’s second Group D match of 2020 against Scotland at Wembley on Friday. Tyrone Mings replaced Maguire with John Stones last weekend in a 1-0 win against Croatia
“I am feeling good. I’m back, I’ve trained and I’m looking forward to it,” Maguire said. The former Hull and Leicester center-back suffered an injury in the final leg of Manchester United’s Premier League victory over Aston Villa on 9th May.
He missed the end of Manchester United’s Premier League season, the Europa League final defeat against Villarreal, and England’s two warm-up matches against Austria and Romania. However, the footballer was still named in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the European Championships, hoping to recover in time to play a role in the tournament.
“Obviously, the injury was a hindrance at Wise Football Club,” Maguire said. “Internationally, I wanted to be in full fitness, with a lot of sports under my belt. I’ve just done a few sessions and I feel like I have fitness, so I’m available for the game.”
Maguire says he may have to go through a pain barrier as he regains his fitness, but dismisses suggestions that he is running too fast and says he is at the Three Lions with the blessings of club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I am sure he will play with me for a few weeks and months. I’ve never had one before but talking to players and physicists, I’m sure he will be a businessman,” he said. “But as long as it is stable and the pain is bearable, I am sure I will be fine.”
“I used to go every day to see the body, and manager Ole was great with me. He won’t take me back if he thinks I’m fit for a first, second, or third group game. He said, ‘Go and enjoy it, make sure it’s fair, obviously.’ I was in constant touch and the club was fantastic with me. “