Gareth Southgate has confirmed Jordan Henderson will be involved for England in their final Euro 2020 group game against Czech Republic.
The Liverpool captain has been an unused substitute for the Three Lions so far in the tournament, having only just returned from injury after undergoing groin surgery back in February.
Southgate could be without the services of both Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, with the Chelsea duo currently self-isolating after interacting with club team-mate Billy Gilmour, who has since tested positive for coronavirus, after England’s 0-0 draw with Scotland on Friday.
Should Mount be forced to miss the game, Henderson is one option who could replace him in the Three Lions midfield against the Czechs.
And when offering an update on the condition of his squad, Southgate confirmed he is pleased with the progress of both the midfielder and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire as he shared his hopes for their involvement in the latest stages of the tournament.
“The majority of our players are in good physical shape,” he told reporters at his pre-match press conference. “We have got players that we haven’t started that have missed training or have had injuries so that’s part of the reason for some of those guys not starting games.
“Both (Henderson and Maguire) are training very well and both will be involved tomorrow. It’s slightly different situations considering the time they’ve missed. We’re happy with their progress.
“They’ve already, without being on the pitch, had a massive impact around the training sessions and around the squad.
“I couldn’t be happier with our playing group and, the senior players in particular, the influence and the impact they’ve had.
“It’s a massive disappointment for any player to miss matches. Of course they want to get on the pitch and we’re hoping they can play a big part in this tournament for us.”
While Henderson is available to feature against Czech Republic, Southgate confirmed he has not yet made a decision about his starting XI as he confirmed England are yet to find out if Mount and Chilwell will miss the game.
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“Although we work on the training pitch, we’ve not confirmed the team. We put some players in and move them around,” he said. “We’ll wait until the morning when we’re really clear on the final situation with the two boys on where we stand.
“We don’t know at the moment in time (if they can be involved). There’s obviously got to be quite a doubt but there is still a lot of discussions and investigations going on behind the scenes.
“They’re isolating and we’ll have to find out over the next 12 hours or so. We don’t really know at this point if they might be okay for tomorrow or if they could be out for 10 days.
“In terms of the COVID regulations, every team is trying to apply them as vigorously as they can and we’ve been living with that internationally in a football sense for the last 10 months or so.
“We’re doing all we can on that front. We had PCR tests, the mandatory tests, yesterday for the pre-game and we’ve followed that up today because of the situation that’s emerged with Scotland to make sure we’re okay to travel together and eat together.
“There are a lot of unknowns at this moment in time. I’m being updated as regularly as we can be which is every hour or so when there’s a little bit more information and we have to accept whatever the situation is and adapt to it.”