GARETH SOUTHGATE has been given a major boost ahead of the Euros as Jordan Henderson has returned to full training.
The Liverpool captain, who’s not played for FOUR months, is in a race to be fit for England’s first group game against Croatia on Sunday, June 13.
The 30-year-old joined in with the bulk of the squad as they continue their preparations for Euro 2020.
Henderson remains a doubt for the opener next weekend having not played since undergoing groin surgery in February.
The midfielder was initially expected to be back within eight weeks but missed Liverpool’s run-in as they finished third in the Premier League.
His absence will have worried England boss Southgate, who was unable to pick him for the warm-up match against Austria on Wednesday after he felt some discomfort hours before kick-off.
And Henderson’s recovery is not over yet as he will need some match fitness before starting at the Euros.
His last chance to do so is England’s game against Romania tomorrow – and Southgate will be eager to start him.
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If Henderson breaks down in their final warm-up match, the England manager can call-up a reserve to replace him in the squad.
Question marks remain over Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, who is still nursing an ankle injury picked up against Aston Villa last month.
The 28-year-old is following his own training programme and is a huge doubt for the games against Romania and Croatia.
Brighton’s Ben White and Everton’s Ben Godfrey are on stand-by, although neither of them have played a competitive match for England.
One player who is definitely out of Euro 2020 is Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold after he picked up a thigh injury against Austria.
Potential replacements include Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard.
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