April 23, 2021

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Gary Neville says an injury to Harry Maguire would be England’s biggest blow ahead of Euro 2020

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Gary Neville has said that losing Harry Maguire would be Gareth Southgate‘s biggest blow going into Euro 2020.  

The former Manchester United player and Jamie Carragher, revealed who would make their England squad’s this summer, as well as who would start the first game against Croatia on June 13.

As part of his thinking over the squad, Neville said that an injury to Harry Maguire and not Harry Kane would be manager Gareth Southgate’s biggest blow.

An injury to Harry Maguire could be the biggest blow for Gareth Southgate this summer

An injury to Harry Maguire could be the biggest blow for Gareth Southgate this summer

Gary Neville feels England are better equipped to replace Kane that the centre-back

Gary Neville feels England are better equipped to replace Kane that the centre-back

He said on Monday Night Football: ‘If you lose Harry Maguire that’s a big problem for Gareth Southgate. I think it’s his biggest problem. 

‘If you’re then left with John Stones as your other centre back and you think you’ve got Stones and (Tyrone) Mings, Stones and (Conor) Coady, Stones and (Eric) Dier I’m not having it.’

When asked by Carragher asked Neville if Maguire was a bigger loss than Kane, he then added: ‘Harry Kane’s the best player in the squad but in this particular squad if Gareth wants a back-four in the squad and go for a 4-3-3 formation, the only chance of that is keeping Harry Maguire fit. 

‘You always have to think if one player gets injured where do I then go to. If Harry Kane gets injured you could go with Marcus Rashford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Raheem Sterling as a false forward or Phil Foden. 

‘There are options England can still win games. But with Maguire the ability to go to a back four is lost and that’s why he’s got a three in back of his mind.

‘I think Declan Rice being injured could be a problem. I’d go Maguire just because of the lack of depth behind him, Kane is the most important player. 

‘But the lack of depth behind Maguire as a dominant centre back is nil in my opinion. So Maguire, Kane then Rice are the key players you don’t want to get injured. 

‘If Sterling gets injured that would be a blow but Rashford, Greenwood, Sancho, Foden, Grealish can play in that position.’

Carragher and Neville agreed on the majority of the team that should make the championships. 

In goal they both went with Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson, and they also agreed on Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Maguire and Mings in defence.

They both agreed on Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips and Foden in midfield with Kane, Sterling, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish and Rashford as the attacking options. 

Where they differed was that Neville also selected Eric Dier, James-Ward Prowse and Mason Greenwood for the team, while Carragher went with Coady, Reece James and Jude Bellingham.

Some big names were left out of both men’s teams including Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard and Bukayo Saka. 

For the first game against Croatia, Carragher decided to go with a starting eleven consisting of Pickford, Shaw, Maguire, Stones, Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Rice, Mount, Sterling, Kane and Grealish.

Neville made some changes to that team as he would start the game with Dean Henderson over Pickford, Walker over Alexander-Arnold, Phillips over Jordan Henderson and Rashford over Grealish. 

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