Rio Ferdinand believes Gareth Southgate made a mistake by selecting Manchester United captain Harry Maguire in his Euro 2020 squad.
Southgate finalised his 26-man squad on Tuesday afternoon, with Maguire included despite his recent injury problems.
The 28-year-old missed Man United’s final five matches of the season – including the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal – following ankle ligament damage.
It remains unclear when Maguire will return to full fitness – although he could miss the majority of the group stage – and Ferdinand fears the Red Devils skipper will struggle to make an impact during the tournament.
He told FIVE: ‘England needed another centre back. This tells me he [Southgate] is definitely playing three at the back.
‘Harry Maguire’s not even fit, I wouldn’t even take Maguire. You’re not fit, you’re not going to be fit for ages, it doesn’t make sense.
‘I’ve been in squads with players who haven’t been fit and they don’t perform when they’re not themselves.
It happened with Becks [David Beckham] and Wazza [Wayne Rooney]. As good as Maguire is, he’s not a Becks or a Wazza.
‘I don’t think you should take someone who’s not 100% fit. It’s hard to come back and get into a rhythm.
‘That narrative ends up taking over the squad and it becomes the conversation and a distraction. Do we really need that? It’s pointless I think. Hopefully he proves me wrong, I would love it if he did.’
Euro 2020 starts on June 11 and England kick-start their campaign two days later against Croatia.