Harry Maguire.

Maguire decision made as Shaw could start

Friday 18 June 2021 09:29

Harry Maguire will be involved when England take on Scotland at Wembley tonight (Friday), and the early indications are Luke Shaw will be drafted into the side.

Manchester United skipper Maguire has been sidelined since damaging ankle ligaments against Aston Villa towards the end of the season but has been training and declared himself fit in the build-up to the big battle in Group D.

The only question is whether manager Gareth Southgate starts the experienced centre-back or opts to retain Tyrone Mings and John Stones at the heart of defence, with the latest reports suggesting he will favour the latter option. 

Luke Shaw chats to Jack Grealish during training.

"The decision we have got to make is whether he is ready to start," said Southgate.

“We are really pleased with his progress. He has trained with the team for four or five days now and he has had no reaction.

"He is on a really good path. We want everyone available, it causes difficult decisions but we have 26 players on the training pitch and that is a great position to be involved in."

Meanwhile, various sources are claiming Shaw will replace Kieran Trippier at left-back, with Chelsea's Reece James to be preferred to Kyle Walker on the opposite flank.

Scotland, who are desperate for a positive result after losing 2-0 to Czech Republic, appear certain to include Scott McTominay in their midfield again. 

England are looking to progress with a game to spare, with Czech Republic to come on Tuesday night. The Czechs face Croatia, beaten 1-0 by the Three Lions at the weekend, in the 17:00 BST kick-off today (Friday).