Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson wins the English health battle forward of Euro 2020


Jordan Henderson has been named to Gareth Southgate’s Euro squad – after English medics checked his fitness at the training ground in Liverpool.

The Three Lions boss names his 26-man squad for Tuesday’s tournament and Henderson is guaranteed a seat after convincing Southgate he is recovering from groin surgery after an injury in the Mersey derby in February.

Southgate sent two of its English physiotherapists to the new Kirkby training ground in Liverpool last week to do fitness checks and watch Henderson workout.

And they reported that the Liverpool star will be fit to take part in the tournament – even if he won’t be involved in the Champions League football pursuit today in the final game of the season against Crystal Palace in Anfield.

That’s good news for Southgate – but it’s still pending as to whether Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is fit enough after suffering an ankle ligament damage against Aston Villa.

Jordan Henderson won his fight for eligibility for Euro 2020

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Maguire is expected to miss the Europa League final against Villarreal in Gdansk, Poland on Wednesday. The English medical team is in constant contact with their colleagues in Old Trafford.

Southgate is hoping the rest of their stars will get through tonight’s Premier League finals unscathed, even if the new Uefa rules mean they can select a 26-man squad, an increase from the previous tournament limit of 23 .

The English boss has multiple selection issues with Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is hoping to be called back after leaving the previous squad.

17-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham should also make the cut, but Southgate has some tough decisions to make in attack.

Villa forward Ollie Watkins impressed on his debut in the final squad against San Marino but he could miss Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the pecking order in front of him.

Manchester United teenager Mason Greenwood is also prepared for disappointment, despite club boss Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer believing he deserves a spot.

The youngster has been in ardent form in his last thirteen games, scoring eight goals. Soslkjaer says: “Mason is developing really well and has improved well over the course of the season.

“He learned a lot so I wouldn’t be surprised if he got selected because I see him every day. I see the boy’s qualities, but that’s Gareth’s choice.

“Of course I want my players to have a good experience and if Gareth thinks Mason deserves a place I’m obviously happy that he definitely leaves.”

Greenwood hasn’t been on a Southgate squad since being reprimanded with Manchester City star Phil Foden for violating Covid rules for English service in Iceland last September when the couple smuggled girls into the team hotel.

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