EURO 2020

Gareth Southgate Confirms Harry Maguire to Return for Crunch Euro 2020 Clash With Scotland

Harry Maguire could be involved vs Scotland at Euro 2020
Harry Maguire could be involved vs Scotland at Euro 2020 / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Harry Maguire will be involved in England's Euro 2020 clash against bitter rivals Scotland on Friday.

The Three Lions were without the Manchester United captain for their opening fixture against Croatia, with the defender still recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in May which kept him out for the remainder of the Premier League season.

According to the national team boss, Maguire declared himself fit and available for the Wembley showdown, however, Southgate is undecided over whether he will start the center-back.

"Harry will be involved tomorrow," said Southgate at a news conference on Thursday. "The decision we've got to make is whether he is ready to start, but we're really pleased with his progress.

"He's trained with the team for four or five days now and had no reaction. Of course each session he's involved with he gets more confident. I think he's on a really good path. Of course we want everybody available. It causes difficult decisions, but at the moment, this morning on the training pitch we had 26 players training and that's a great situation for us to be in."

Southgate has also backed his side to perform their best and hopes that the national team are on course to win their first major tournament since 1966. "Tournaments define England managers, there is no doubt about that," he added.

"If you look at our history, most of our win records are reasonably similar but the tournament performances define you. We are aware of that and know they are the things that really matter for the country and really matter for the team."