Harry Maguire has given Gareth Southgate and England a major Euros boost by declaring himself fit for the showdown with Scotland.
There were doubts the Manchester United captain would be fit for any of the group stage games but less than 48 hours before the Wembley crunch match with the Scots, Maguire says he is raring to go.
“I feel good, I’m back, have been training and I’m looking forward to it,” he announced.
“I’m available to the manager for selection. In terms of the ankle, I feel like it’s stable and I feel like I’m ready to go. I feel fit and fresh. I don’t feel like there is any risk.”
Maguire, 28, sustained ligament damage in Manchester United’s win at Aston Villa in early May and it was feared England’s defensive talisman might miss the entire tournament.
But he could go straight back into the team that faces Scotland, even though Southgate’s side kept a clean sheet in the opening victory against Croatia.
“It’s Gareth’s decision but the bottom line for me is that I want this country to win,” Maguire said. “I am a player for England but I am a huge fan.
“I want us to win at all costs, whether I’m in the team or I am not in the team.
“If I’m in the team and I’m there to improve the team, that’s fair enough but, of course, Tyrone and John did a great job and kept a clean sheet and I couldn’t be more happy for them.”
The Football Association confirmed Maguire was ahead of schedule and that the medics have been delighted with his progress.
And Southgate will have no qualms about sending Maguire into a full-blooded battle with the old enemy.
Maguire went on: “Any game in the Euros is a massive game but putting Scotland in there as well is huge.
“It is going to be a great day, a great occasion for the country to get together and push us forward.”