One of the major talking points for the Three Lions of England ahead of their home nations clash with Scotland on Friday night is the fitness of star defender Harry Maguire and whether the Manchester United defender is fit enough to start against the Scottish team.The latest reports from Sky Sports News revealed that the centre back will start the game on the bench with manager Gareth Southgate favouring the partnership of Tyrone Mings and John Stones at the heart of the England defence.
Manchester City defender Stones and Aston Villa star Mings started the opening game for England at the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament against Croatia on Sunday and they impressed as the Three Lions beat the 2018 World Cup finalists to start their campaign in Group D on a winning note. Raheem Sterling scored in the second half to give England a 1-0 win over Croatia. (more…)
Former Leicester City midfielder Vicente
Iborra believes Harry Maguire has the credentials to be as good as Liverpool’s
Virgil van Dijk, should he make the move to Manchester City. The England
international has been with the Foxes for the past two seasons but it remains
unclear whether he will be at the club amid interest from both City and
Speaking to AS, Iborra acknowledged that
his former teammate is a great player and he can develop into a world-class
ace, should he make the switch to the Etihad Stadium, he said: “He is a great
player. He’s very powerful, with good balance, great at bringing the ball out
and he can score goals. He had a great World Cup and is a super footballer. His
transfer to Manchester City could be like Van Dijk’s to Liverpool.”
At present, both City and United are said
to be interested in the former Hull City man but the latter are understood to
hold the advantage. Pep Guardiola’s side are currently £15m short of matching
the Foxes’ £80m valuation, but they remain confident of pursuing the defender,
who is said to be eager to feature in the Champions League.
Still, there was the disappointment of
coming short of the Champions League crown and it remains to be seen whether
they can take the extra step next term. The Citizens have a Community Shield
game against Liverpool at the beginning of August before the league opener
against West Ham United on the road.