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Manchester United stars Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson and Luke Shaw have been included in Gareth Southgate’s final England squad for Euro 2020.
Maguire has been selected despite his ankle ligament injury that kept him out of United’s Europa League final defeat.
Shaw is being tipped for a starting spot ahead of Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell.
Henderson is likely to be first choice backup behind Jordan Pickford and Rashford has some serious competition in attack with Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all vying for his spot in the starting XI.
Yesterday, Maguire revealed he woke up every morning hoping his ankle pain had gone but still hopes to be fit for the Euros.
Speaking yesterday, Maguire, 28, was asked about his first thoughts as he sat on the turf waiting for medical attention at Villa Park after Anwar El Ghazi crunched him.
He said: “The fear that I had was missing everything. I knew it was quite a bad injury. When I got the results of the scan, I knew it would be unlikely I would make the Europa League final — but we also never ruled it out.
“I would jump out of bed and put weight on my ankle, which I probably should not have done, and test it to see if the pain was still there. Every morning, I woke up wishing the pain would be gone.
“Unfortunately, it was not to be. I knew for me to start the Europa League final was very unlikely but I hoped to play some part. However it was out of reach and just not possible. Ahead of the final, I could still not run on the ankle.
“But it is now improving and getting better, so I am just looking forward to the Euros.”
Southgate also revealed Jesse Lingard will start against Austria on Wednesday despite axing him from his squad.
Speaking at a press conference following the team announcement, the 50-year-old said: “Jesse did really well to get himself back in the race because back in January he was a millions miles away from being considered for an England squad.
“I said in March that he’d had a fabulous few weeks but he was slightly fortunate because we were without three or four wide players at that time.
“He was excellent for West Ham and he plays so well for us – we have total trust in the way he plays.
“He’s reliable, he’s a great member of the group. He will play tomorrow because we’ve got [Jadon] Sancho ill, we’ve obviously got a lot of players not available and he’ll start to help the balance of the team.
“He deserves that opportunity to go and show me that I’m wrong straight away. The lads that are with us are on the standby list and we need to keep them match ready.”
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