Harry Maguire has declared himself fit to play for England in the eagerly anticipated match against Scotland. The Manchester United defender is a key part of the England team. He played a key role in their World Cup semi-final run three years ago. He missed the first match due to an ankle injury sustained in the Premier League. Maguire subsequently missed the rest of the Premier League season and the Europa League final.

“I feel good, I’ve been training now,” England defender Harry Maguire said before the match against Scotland. “Obviously the injury was a setback club football wise. Internationally I wanted to come into this with a lot of games under my belt with full fitness, but I feel good. I’m back available, been training and I’m looking forward to it.”

Maguire said he feared he would miss Euro 2020 when the injury first occurred. He revealed that all his focus was on strengthening his ankle over the last few weeks. The defender said he was fit and fresh for their second group game against Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

“It’s about building the confidence every day, and the only way you can do that is by training and playing games,” he said. “You can do as many rehab sessions as you like, but when you’re not playing that competitive football you can’t build that confidence, especially when it’s an ankle or knee injury.”

“I think throughout a career in football if you didn’t play through the pain you would probably spend more time on the sideline than you would on the football pitch,” he added. “I have done it throughout my career and so has everyone else who plays week in, week out.”

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