Wayne Rooney highlights vital quality that Manchester United captain Harry Maguire will bring to England at Euro 2020
Man United skipper Harry Maguire missed England's 1-0 victory over Croatia in Euro 2020 as he continues his comeback from injury
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has told England that they need Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson back to full fitness for their European Championship campaign.
Gareth Southgate's side got off to a winning start at Wembley, where Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the match to give the Three Lions victory against Croatia in their opening group match.
England now look ahead to Friday's match against Scotland and the final group game against the Czech Republic, with expectations high after reaching the World Cup semi-finals in Russia three years ago.
While England's squad is strong, Rooney has shared his concern regarding the lack of experience and is keen for Maguire and Henderson to return quickly.
“To win that was massive, Croatia are a good team and it will give the players a relief that they are comfortable in the group now. They'll be a bit more relaxed going into the game against Scotland as, if they didn't win, they could have been a bit anxious," he told Sky Sports.
“Scotland will be tough but, after winning the game [against Croatia], I think England will comfortably go through to the next round. That's when I think it could get difficult for England - when you come up against a France, Portugal or Belgium - one of those top teams.
“There's a lot of quality in the squad, my only worry is a lack of experience - it's important Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson get fit because they will be vital moving forward. Quality-wise, they have as much as anyone in the competition and they have a great chance.”
Henderson was an unused substitute in the win against Croatia, while Maguire's injury saw him among the three names to be omitted from the squad - alongside Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell.
Maguire missed United's closing matches of the season through injury, including the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, and could remain unavailable against Scotland.
The United skipper may return for the final group match against the Czech Republic but it may be a while until he is back to full fitness.