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England and Scotland welcome back key defenders for crunch Wembley fixture

Tom Bennett

England and Scotland have both been handed fitness boosts with the confirmation that both Harry Maguire and Kieran Tierney will be fit to play some sort of role in the Group D fixture at Wembley Stadium on Friday evening.

England centre-back Maguire missed the opening 1-0 win over Croatia as he continues his comeback from an ankle problem picked up playing for Manchester United in May.

But Gareth Southgate says that Maguire has recovered well and is available for Friday’s game against Scotland.

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“Harry will be involved tomorrow, the decision we have got to make is whether he is ready to start,” Southgate said.

“We are really pleased with his progress, he has trained with the team for four or five days now and had no reaction. Each session he is involved in he gets more confident. He is on a really good path.”

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England’s Group D opponents Scotland have also been handed a boost with the news that Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney has been passed fit for the game.

Tierney, who often plays

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