Gareth Southgate failed to guarantee Harry Maguire to play for England in the group stage in Euro 2020 after adding a defender to a roster that included Trent Alexander-Arnold as one of the four right-backs.
England's manager, Jordan Henderson, may not play either. Group game against Croatia opens at Wembley 13 June considering returning to the back three due to concerns about Maguire. The centre-back missed Manchester United's defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final last week and eponymous Southgate - the men's team on Tuesday,
Seeing Uncertainty United's Mason Greenwood withdraw due to an unspecified injury, Southgate forced him to take a gamble on his two most important players. Henderson has just recovered from groin surgery and although the Liverpool midfielder is expected to play a role when he faced England and Austria in a friendly match at Riverside Stadium on Wednesday evening, there's no guarantee he'll play against Croatia.
Southgate, who cut Ollie Watkins, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, and Ben White from his interim team, agreed that it needed to be adaptable. Alexander‑Arnold and Reece James can provide England with defensive versatility, including Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. Maguire has yet to join the roster and Southgate, who would normally start him in the back four with John Stones, was unable to put a time frame for his return.
“We have to continue to evaluate it. and updating where it is,” he said. “We chose a team with Jordan and Harry where if they don't get there, we won't be in a situation where our numbers are low and we can't take cover. Even if you have a timeline for their recovery, you only need a small hitch and you are entering the next game or the next stage of the tournament.
“This is not like fixing a machine – it's a human body and you can have minor glitches for many different reasons. Our goal is to advance them as best we can. The most important thing is that we don't push them beyond their readiness – that would be stupid, negligent. But if we can get them to the point where they can contribute to the team, that would be great. ”
Southgate was asked if Maguire, who had just started running again, would play in the group. scene. “Both players are not where you want them to be in terms of being fit for Croatia,” he said. “We are realistic. But they are outstanding players. Speaking of Maguire, who almost never misses a game, and Hendo, who makes a living by making the impossible possible, maybe they'll get there. ”
Southgate hit the reports. He claimed to leave Alexander-Arnold out. “I spoke to Trent about three weeks ago,” he said. “I felt that there were stories that were far from the truth.
“When he's an actor, they may be reading it and thinking it's true, maybe the manager is talking to the press behind their backs, but obviously that's not the case. It's not drama for me. As a UK manager, I admit that this is what I'm dealing with. I always go back to the front page of the paper where they say I am the biggest fan of British Bake Off, there are always Bake Off parties at my house and I am desperate to be on the show. The only thing true in the story was my age. ”
Although his roster was full of exciting young talent, reinforcements were not ideal for Southgate. He chose a larger squad last week due to injury concerns and English clubs' participation in the Europa League and Champions League finals. The United union is not available against Austria, and Manchester City and Chelsea players will not join the squad until Friday and will not play against Romania on Sunday.
Southgate, who will play Lingard against Austria because of Jadon Sancho. not good, he wasn't sure about playing Alexander-Arnold in midfield. “I guess that's unlikely,” he said. “It is possible that there is a good football player playing there as a young player. Maybe we can take a look at it for an option we consider in one of the friendly matches. We want to see him wait first. ”
England are also worried about Marcus Rashford after he admitted to grappling with future injuries. “I spoke to Mason on Friday, so we had a little more time to realize this situation,” Southgate said. “I also spoke to Marcus a few days ago because I read his interviews after the Europa League and what I don't want is a situation where he does a similar interview after our matches. He assured me that he was happy where he was. He felt the last few days had been a help. ”
Jude Bellingham was one of the most notable names on the roster. 17 – The age-old player, who played for Borussia Dortmund this season, was selected to midfielder to replace Ward-Prowse.
Southgate added that the remaining six players in the game will be on standby. He had chosen to stay in the squad for the injury case and the friendlies. Greenwood is not available.