EURO 2020

Rio Ferdinand Believes Gareth Southgate Shouldn't Have Selected Harry Maguire in England's Euro 2020 Squad

Mudeet Arora
Rio Ferdinand angry at Southgate for selecting Maguire for England at the Euro
Rio Ferdinand angry at Southgate for selecting Maguire for England at the Euro / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has criticised England coach Gareth Southgate for picking Harry Maguire in his Euro 2020 squad despite the defender suffering a serious injury.

Maguire played every minute of every Premier League game of the season before coming off injured against Aston Villa a few weeks ago.

The defender has been unavailable since that game and despite that, Southgate picked up Maguire as one of his four centre-backs and Ferdinand does not think it is the right decision.

"England needed another centre back," he told his YouTube channel FIVE before adding, "This [squad] tells me he [Southgate] is definitely playing three at the back."

Ferdinand continued, "Harry Maguire's not even fit, I wouldn't even take Maguire. You're not fit, you're not going to be fit for ages, it doesn't make sense. I've been in squads with players who haven't been fit and they don't perform when they're not themselves."

He added, "It happened with Becks [David Beckham] and Wazza [Wayne Rooney]. As good as Maguire is, he's not a Becks or a Wazza. I don't think you should take someone who's not 100% fit. It's hard to come back and get into a rhythm."

The former English defender concluded, "That narrative ends up taking over the squad and it becomes the conversation and a distraction. Do we really need that? It's pointless I think. Hopefully he proves me wrong, I would love it if he did."