England boss Gareth Southgate says Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire will feature in the final Group D match against the Czech Republic (Match betting – England 8/15, Czech Republic 15/2, draw 11/4).
Neither player has kicked a ball yet in Euro 2020 with fitness concerns curtailing their involvement.
Liverpool midfielder Henderson hasn’t played regularly since February when he suffered a season-ending groin injury, which required surgery.
Manchester United defender Maguire picked up an ankle ligament injury in early May which prevented him from playing in their Europa League final loss against Villarreal.
Southgate is planning to freshen things up following the insipid goalless draw against Scotland at Wembley and now it appears he will boost his side with experience.
Only Raheem Sterling has more caps than Henderson in the current Three Lions set-up, while Maguire has become a mainstay of the team since just before the World Cup in Russia three years ago.
Southgate has no qualms about their involvement, despite limited football in recent times.
“Both are training very well and both will be involved tomorrow. We’re happy with their progress,” Southgate said in his pre-match press conference.
“They’ve already had a massive impact in training sessions and around the squad. I couldn’t be happier with the impact the senior players have had. They want to get on the pitch.”
Southgate will be without Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell for the Czech game due to them being forced to self-isolate.
Their Chelsea team-mate Billy Gilmour tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday and Mount and Chilwell were identified as close contacts, despite returning negative tests.
It means a reshuffle in midfield is necessary with Mount absent, though Chilwell hasn’t played any part yet, with Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw preferred at left-back.
England are mathematically through to the last 16 following Finland and Ukraine’s results on Monday and now Southgate is aiming for them to top the group (Group winners – England 8/15).
A draw would see England (8/1 – Euro 2020 outright) play the second-place team in Group E with a win ensuring a match against the Group F runner up – potentially one of France, Germany, or Portugal.