Gareth Southgate was sweating about Harry Maguire’s availability for England’s Euro 2020 opener

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Gareth Southgate was sweating over Harry Maguire’s availability for England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia, with the first-choice defender still recovering from an ankle injury … and there are also fears about Marcus Rashford’s condition.

Gareth Southgate sweats over Harry Maguire’s availability for England’s Euro 2020 opening match against Croatia in 16 days.

There are also concerns about Marcus Rashford’s fitness on his way to the tournament, with Southgate fearing that the Manchester United forward will need to be watched closely throughout the season.

Maguire would have been a guaranteed starter for England’s Wembley game against Croatia on June 13 as Southgate’s first-choice center-back, but an ankle injury sustained against Aston Villa earlier this month threatens his participation in at least part of the competition.

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Gareth Southgate sweats over Harry Maguire's availability for England's Euro 2020 opener

Gareth Southgate sweats over Harry Maguire's availability for England's Euro 2020 opener

Gareth Southgate sweats over Harry Maguire’s availability for England’s Euro 2020 opener

The fact that he has barely been able to run since suffering the injury is also a concern.

There was hope that Maguire would have been available on Wednesday evening for United’s Europa League defeat to Villarreal, but he will now turn his attention to the European Championship.

Southgate said he was kept in the dark by United about the former Leicester man’s condition.

Southgate revealed he was kept in the dark over Maguire's injury by Manchester United

Southgate revealed he was kept in the dark over Maguire's injury by Manchester United

Southgate revealed he was kept in the dark over Maguire’s injury by Manchester United

England’s medical staff will now have a much clearer picture of the extent of Maguire’s injury before arriving next week.

Likewise, Rashford enters the tournament with a foot and shoulder concern, the latter of which could require surgery later this summer.

Southgate has committed to managing the United star’s workload to ensure its availability.

After losing to Villarreal, Rashford said, “I could take you to the locker room and show you five, six, seven players – me too – who have been injured from the start of the season.

Maguire has been ruled out since injuring Aston Villa and struggling to run

Maguire has been ruled out since injuring Aston Villa and struggling to run

Maguire has been ruled out since injuring Aston Villa and struggling to run

Will I be suitable for the euros? Forget the foot for now. Because of the disappointment, I don’t feel the foot. ‘

A year ago, Rashford seemed certain to start at the European Championship, but his injury problems combined with the rise of Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish put his place in the starting XI in jeopardy.

However, he will still be a key figure in the squad.

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