Maguire tore an ankle ligament in Manchester United’s Premier League win against Aston Villa on May 9 and was forced to miss the club’s last five games of the season, including the agonizing Europa League final loss to Villarreal.
Despite not being permitted to return to duty, the 28-year-old was included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the European Championships, and he is focused on getting back in top shape ahead of the Three Lions’ first group game against Croatia on June 13.
“I was afraid of losing out on everything,” Maguire told The Sun. “I try to play through ailments as much as possible. It was more of a twist, so I knew there would be ligament damage if I performed that.
“I felt it was improbable that I would make the Europa League final when I got the scan results, but we never ruled it out.”
“I’d get out of bed and put weight on my ankle, which I really shouldn’t have done, to see if the pain was still present.
“Every morning, I wished the anguish would go away.” It was not to be, unfortunately. I understood that starting the Europa League final was doubtful, but I hoped to contribute in some way.
“However, it was simply out of reach and impossible.” I still couldn’t run on my ankle before the final. It was terrible timing for me.
“But it’s currently improving and growing better, so all I can think about now is the Euros.”
Maguire is yet to join England after returning from Man Utd’s trip to Poland and will miss the team’s warm-up games against Austria and Romania.
Southgate has conceded that he is unsure whether Maguire would be able to play against Croatia, but he couldn’t justify leaving out a talismanic figure with the Three Lions’ Group D campaign coming to a close with matches against Scotland and the Czech Republic.
“We know precisely where he is,” England manager Gareth Southgate said after naming his team on Tuesday. “Our medical staff has been in Manchester with him. Because of quarantine complications upon his return from Poland, he has yet to see us. That was a little more difficult.
“Like Jordan Henderson, he has a lot of work to do to be available.” There is no doubt that the opening game will be competitive.
“He’s such a talented player, and with the extra squad size, we wanted to take advantage of the chance to bring him in.”
Since making his senior debut in 2017, Maguire has earned 32 caps for his country, with seven of those coming during England’s journey to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
In addition, the seasoned center-back has three international goals to his name, including one in the Three Lions’ most recent World Cup qualifying triumph against Poland in March.