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Man Utd captain Harry Maguire sets return date for England 2020 campaign

England's defender and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire takes part in a training session at St. George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent, central England, on June 10, 2021 ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 football competition.
Maguire is set to play some part in England’s Euro 2020 campaign (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Harry Maguire has set himself a target of returning for England’s final group game against the Czech Republic.

The Manchester United captain returned to training at St George’s Park on Thursday ahead of his country’s opener against Croatia on Sunday.

He had not featured for his club since suffering ankle ligament damage in a 3-1 win for Manchester United against Aston Villa on May 9.

Maguire is short of match fitness and has no chance of being ready for the Croatia game, while he’s unlikely to be ready to face Scotland the following Friday.

However, he is hopeful of playing some part against the Czech Republic on June 22, according to the Mirror.

Gareth Southgate manager of England during an England training session at St George's Park on June 10, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England.
Southgate is hoping Maguire can play a significant role (Picture: Getty)

It could be a match that proves pivotal for England’s hopes of finishing top of the group – or worse, to qualify – but Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate would no doubt be delighted to have the centre-half back for the knockout stages, should England progress.

Southgate has gambled by including the Manchester United skipper in his 26-man squad but was handed a boost when he returned to training ahead of the tournament.

He faces a decision over who should partner John Stones at the back, with Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady and Ben White all pushing for a start.

The England boss could also opt for a back-three, with Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw also capable of playing in the wider centre-back roles in that formation.

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