Maguire trains alone as England begin Germany prep
Harry Maguire trained away from the main group on Thursday morning as England began preparing for their Euro 2020 round-of-16 clash with Germany.
The Manchester United skipper played the whole game as England beat the Czech Republic 1-0 on Tuesday to top Group D.
It was Maguire’s first appearance of the European Championship after he recovered from the ankle ligament damage he suffered towards the end of the 2020-21 season.
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He spent Thursday training indoors on an individual programme as a group of 23 players took to the pitch at St George’s Park.
The other absentees were Chelsea duo Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount, who continue to self-isolate.
The pair were flagged as close contacts of club-mate Billy Gilmour after the Scotland midfielder tested positive for Covid three days after starring in a goalless draw with England at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate told ITV: “It’s a bizarre situation really. They’ve spent 120 seconds too long in a fairly open space. It’s full of contradictions for me but we have to get on with it.
“Frankly I don’t understand it at all, there are teams travelling around by plane, coach, bus in enclosed spaces for hours. Our two boys have been pinged for something which is….I don’t get it.
“I have no issues with Steve (Clarke) or Scotland, I don’t want them to have any more issues than we have but it seems a bizarre situation.
“They are hugely disappointed to miss the game. We have just had to get on with it.”
Southgate also suggested Mount and Chilwell would struggle to make England’s last-16 match even though their isolation period will have ended.
“Yes, but even then it’ll be very difficult given the training schedule and the need to isolate. We’ll have to look at that as we move forward,” he added.
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