Jordan Henderson will be named in Gareth Southgate’s Euro squad – after England medics checked out his fitness at Liverpool’s training ground.
The Three Lions boss names his 26-man squad for the tournament on Tuesday and Henderson is guaranteed a place after convincing Southgate he’s recovered from groin surgery following an injury in the Mersey derby in February.
Southgate sent two of his England physio’s to Liverpool’s new Kirkby training ground last week where they made fitness checks and watched Henderson train.
And they reported that the Liverpool star will be fit to take part in the tournament – even if he doesn’t figure in the win-or-bust pursuit of Champions League football in their final match of the season against Crystal Palace at Anfield today.
That’s good news for Southgate – but it’s still in the balance whether Manchester United defender Harry Maguire will be fit enough after picking up ankle ligament damage against Aston Villa.
Maguire is expected to miss the Europa League Final against Villarreal in Gdansk, Poland, on Wednesday and England’s medical team are in constant contact with their counterparts at Old Trafford.
Southgate is hoping the rest of his stars come through today’s final round of Premier League matches unscathed even if new Uefa rules mean he can pick a 26 man squad, an increase on the previous tournament limit of 23.
The England boss has several selection dilemmas with Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold hoping to be recalled after being dropped from the last squad.
Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham should also make the cut but in attack Southgate has some tough decisions.
Villa forward Ollie Watkins impressed in the last squad scoring against San Marino on his debut but he may miss out with Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin ahead of him in the pecking order.
Manchester United teenager Mason Greenwood is also braced for disappointment despite club boss Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer believing he deserves a place.
The youngster has been in red-hot form scoring eight goals in his last thirteen games and Soslkjaer says: “Mason is really, really developing and he’s improved well through the season.
“He’s learned a lot so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was picked because I see him day in and day out. I see the boy’s qualities but that is Gareth’s decision.
“Of course I want my players to have good experiences and if Gareth thinks Mason is worthy of a place of course I am happy for him to go definitely.”
Greenwood hasn’t been included in a Southgate squad since being reprimanded with Manchester City star Phil Foden for breaching Covid rules on England duty in Iceland last September when the pair smuggled girls into the team hotel.