- Harry Maguire finally returned from England training on Thursday after injury
- The defender was injured for the final weeks of the Manchester United season
- Gareth Southgate ready to be without Maguire for first two Euro 2020 games
- Maguire is expected to return as a substitute for the third match on June 22
- Get the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Harry Maguire is almost certain to be overlooked for Sunday’s Euro 2020 clash against Croatia despite the defender Gareth Southgate returning to full training.
The Manchester United captain has resigned after missing the opening game and next Friday’s clash against Scotland.
Maguire is targeting a return in 11 days’ time as a substitute in the final group game against the Czech Republic.
Gareth Southgate won’t pick Harry Maguire for England’s first Euro 2020 group matches
The centre-back returned to England’s outdoor training on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s opener
The central defender – who has not played since May 9 – took an important step in recovering from an ankle ligament injury by training on Thursday.
But barring an unexpected turn, he is not in contention to face Croatia and there are concerns about him being thrown back in a potentially grueling match against Scotland.
England players are in the dark about Southgate’s plans to build a team against Croatia.
sportsmail It was revealed last week that England will be experimenting in training with a back three, and as we reported on Thursday, Luke Shaw has been spotted in a three-man central defence.
Gareth Southgate experimenting with different options ahead of Croatia tie
However, it is understood that Southgate has switched between a three and a traditional four-man defense at St George’s Park in the past 48 hours.
But with just two training sessions ahead of the match against Croatia, Southgate’s plans could be pretty clear on Friday.
Bukayo Saka is unlikely to start on Sunday despite scoring his first England goal in a win over Austria, but Arsenal’s attacker insists he is ready to play an opening role if given a chance.
Saka said: ‘For a manager, it will be difficult to pick a starting XI with the quality we have in this team.
“I don’t know what it means for the starting team in the first, second and third games. All I know is that if I get a chance, I will take it and give a positive performance.