Wayne Rooney has three concerns for Gareth Southgate’s England before Euro 2020

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Wayne Rooney has detailed three areas in which he is concerned over England's chances of glory at Euro 2020 – one of which being the fitness of two key players going into the opening game.

The current Derby County boss and Three Lions record goalscorer has plenty of experience being in the international set-up – playing at six major tournaments between 2004 and 2016.

With England taking on Romania with a much changed side on Sunday, they have only seven days to prepare for their opening clash against Croatia next weekend.

Despite failing to taste success with England, Rooney has a good idea of things that can go wrong, and he has detailed his biggest fears with just five days till the tournament begins.

As well as the amount of inexperienced players in the final squad, Rooney is worried about potential complacency as well as the fitness of Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

In his column for The Times, Rooney said: "One of the doubts I have about England is that they’re a young squad, who lack knowhow.

"I also worry that complacency could creep in, because England’s group is not as straightforward as people seem to think.

"Croatia beat England in 2018 and have tournament knowledge and some very good, experienced players. Scotland will be tough, compact and difficult to beat.

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"For England, qualifying might even come down to the last group match against Czech Republic.

"I do think they’ll progress, however, and playing at Wembley will be a huge advantage. As I said last week, it is so important that Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson are fit because along with Harry Kane they form the backbone of the side, the ones who others on the pitch will look to for leadership.

"If Maguire and Henderson aren’t ready for the first game, things could get tricky for England because it’s hard for a player to get up to speed once a tournament is under way.

Adding: "I had to try that in 2006 and 2012 and 2006 was particularly challenging because I’d missed a lot of training through injury.

"You miss the rhythm in your game, that final 5 per cent which is the difference between fitness and match fitness.

"You do everything in training, you feel good but then you’re thrown into a tournament game and things feel very different. It’s the expectation, the pressure, the build-up — it all takes a lot out of you and if you’re not fully fit you get found out. You also try too hard."

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  • Wayne Rooney
  • England Football Team
  • Euro 2020
  • Gareth Southgate

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