Martin Keown calls for England back-three if Harry Maguire ruled out

Previous England worldwide Martin Keown has actually informed Gareth Southgate to go back to a three-man defence at the European Champion if Harry Maguire loses his physical fitness race.

Southgate consisted of Maguire in his 26-man team for the finals regardless of the Manchester United protector’s battles with an ankle injury suffered towards completion of the season.

Maguire is not likely to include in the opening group video game versus Croatia at Wembley on June 13 and Southgate has actually called into question when the 28-year-old might be back in contention.

With Maguire out, John Stones is the only acknowledged main protector with more than 10 senior England caps – with Conor Coady of Wolves and Aston Vacation home’s Tyrone Mings relative newbies to worldwide football.

With that in mind, Keown thinks the very best strategy would be for Southgate to as soon as again transfer to a back-three and run the very same system which saw England reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

“Maguire is playing in an area on the pitch where we are developing players but we are short of players,” he stated.

“Both starters at centre-half, I only counted 12 caps between them before the Austria game so that was quite an inexperienced central defence.

“If Maguire doesn’t make it then with the players Gareth has picked he should shift back to a back-three and he could do that to great success.

“So it’s a big miss if he is not there and it is about changing the system to a back-three because he is that important.”

Keown, speaking as an ambassador for McDonald’s Enjoyable Football program, exposed he has actually constantly been a fan of Maguire and thinks the cosmetics of Southgate’s team implies a back-three might be the method to go.

Former England defender Martin Keown is an ambassador for McDonald’s Fun Football programme. (McDonalds)

Former England protector Martin Keown is an ambassador for McDonald’s Enjoyable Football program (McDonald’s)

“I think we just find ourselves where we are developing new central defenders: Ben White and Ben Godfrey, Ezri Konsa at Aston Villa was no doubt close to a call-up,” he informed the PA news company.

“There has always been a production line of central defenders, we didn’t pick Eric Dier – I was a bit surprised he didn’t pick Dier even though he is fairly new to that position.

“Maguire is key – he came in at 16 to make his debut for Sheffield United and I always felt that he had all the star qualities you need.

“His presence in both penalty boxes, the way he passes the ball, his calmness, decision making, and I think he is quick enough for international football with the right people around him.

Maguire suffered ankle ligament damage in Manchester United's Premier League win at Aston Villa.

Maguire suffered ankle ligament damage in Manchester United’s Premier League win at Aston Villa (Nick Potts/PA)

“That is probably why Southgate picked so many right-backs in the squad because either Kyle Walker or Reece James can play in a three.

“There is flexibility, Coady could play in the middle with Stones on the outside, Gareth has given himself options, it is just not ideal that there isn’t the number in terms of experience.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.