Former Man City boss gives verdict on Harry Maguire impact at Euro 2020
Eriksson was manager of The Three Lions between 2001 and 2006 and he thinks Gareth Southgate was right to name the Manchester United defender in his squad
Former Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has backed Gareth Southgate's decision to include Harry Maguire in his Euro 2020 squad.
Despite some critics doubting him, Maguire has been solid since joining United from Leicester in the summer of 2019.
Since the 28-year-old's debut, he has kept a total of 26 Premier League clean sheets, more than any other outfield player has managed in the Premier League during that time.
Maguire hasn't played since May 9th after picking up an ankle injury during United's win against Aston Villa.
His importance to the team was underlined at the tail end of the campaign as United conceded eight goals in the four league games without their captain and fell to a defeat in the Europa League final against Unai Emery's Villarreal.
However, he still made Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad for the European Champions this summer, a decision that former Manchester City and England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson thinks is the correct one.
I think it's right to take them [Maguire and Jordan Henderson] because if you don't take them they are completely out", he told Sky Sports.
"They are too good to not be in the squad. Then you may gamble - maybe they can't play the first game, or the second, but England will be in the tournament for a long time."
The Swedish coach suffered similar issues during his tenure as the Three Lions boss, opting to bring David Beckham to the 2002 World Cup and Wayne Rooney to the 2006 edition despite both breaking metatarsals right before the tournaments.
"We had the same thing in my time, many years ago, with Beckham once, with Rooney another time", he said
"You're sitting there wondering, 'shall I take them?'
"You have to take them. They are too important for the country. If you don't take them you will regret that, because you never know what would have happened with them."
England got their campaign underway on Sunday when they beat Croatia, and Southgate is hopeful that Maguire will be fit enough ro feature before the end of the group stage.