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Maguire and Henderson are too good to not play - Eriksson

Tue 08 June 2021 | 15:14

Sven-Goran Eriksson has supported Gareth Southgate’s plan to add Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson to the squad for this summer’s Euro 2020, insisting that those two are “too important” to not be included in the squad.

Harry Maguire


Jordan Henderson

are included in

Gareth Southgate

’s squad for the finals notwithstanding dealing with injuries that affected their training for the Euro 2020.

The Manchester United centre-back did not feature since May 9 as he sustained an ankle injury in his side’s victory over Aston Villa, whereas Henderson came back after four months to play for England against Romania on Sunday.

However, it is uncertain whether the duo will be fit for England’s opening clash against Croatia on Sunday.



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: "I think it's right to take them because if you don't take them, they are completely out.

"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."

Since Eriksson experienced a similar situation during his time in charge of England, he can offer his opinion. The 73-year-old decided to include David Beckham in the 2002 World Cup and Wayne Rooney in 2006, although both were dealing with metatarsal injuries.


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."

Captain of the team, Beckham, was in the starting XI of five matches in 2002, and met the target in a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the group stage; however, Eriksson revealed that the star’s fitness problem was a distraction.

"It was a little bit in the beginning,"

said the Swede.

"Beckham injured, not playing, and it was a media circus.

"That was not positive but I don't think that was important for the final result."

Southgate, on the other hand, has his captain in full fitness, with

Harry Kane

prepared to lead his side.

Despite Tottenham’s unsuccessful season, Kane was top of the goalscoring and assist list in the Premier League.

He said:

"He is extremely important. He is one of the best goalscorers in Europe. He can be goalscorer No 1 in the Euros if he's fit all the time. Let's hope for that.

"Who's going to play with him? Southgate has a lot of players who can do that. First of all, will he play two strikers or will he play one striker centre and two wide? It's a good problem to have."

Eriksson also backed the England players following the booing incident when they took a knee prior to their friendlies.

"First of all, booing the team because of that shouldn't happen. It's a shame.

"The kneeling in the Premier League - that's fantastic, that's going around the world. It's a powerful demonstration - I love it.

"I hope England will go on with it during the Euros as well. It's a strong message and it should be applauded, not booed."

source: SportMob