Former England manager revealed that Gareth Southgate had no choice but to name Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire in this squad for Euro 2020. Maguire and Henderson are both integral parts of the team but are carrying injuries in the lead up to the Euros. The injuries have significantly hampered their preparation. Maguire has been out for a month with the last game against Aston Villa in the Premier League. Henderson on the other hand played the last warm-up game although he did miss a penalty.
“I think it’s right to take them because if you don’t take them they are completely out,” Eriksson said. “They are too good to not be in the squad. Then you may gamble – maybe they can’t play the first game or the second, but England will be in the tournament for a long time.”
Sven Goran Eriksson did the same with David Beckham and Wayne Rooney before the 2002 and 2006 World Cups respectively. Both players had broken their metatarsals in the lead-up to the tournament. Beckham went on to play all five of the matches at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Southgate will be hoping that Henderson and Maguire can help England lift the Euro 2020.
“We had the same thing in my time, many years ago, with Beckham once, with Rooney another time,” explained Eriksson. “You’re sitting there wondering, ‘shall I take them?’ You have to take them. They are too important for the country. If you don’t take them you will regret that, because you never know what would have happened with them.”