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Former England striker Wayne Rooney insists the Three Lions' main priority should be getting Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson fit.

Both stars were nursing injuries when selected in Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad for the summer tournament.

But Henderson has since featured in England's 1-0 friendly win over Romania and was named on the bench for the team's opener against Croatia, while Maguire has re-joined the squad in training.

The Manchester United captain is expected to star for England in their last group match against Czech Republic on 22 June.

Reacting to England's 1-0 win over Croatia, Rooney said Henderson and Maguire are "vital" to the team.

Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson are "vital" for England, according to Wayne Rooney
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He told Sky Sports : "There's a lot of quality in the squad, my only worry is a lack of experience – it's important Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson get fit because they will be vital moving forward.

"Quality-wise they have as much as anyone in the competition and they have a great chance."

Despite the two stars not featuring in England's win, the team's all-time record goalscorer added he was impressed with the performance at Wembley.

"It was a good positive start, a solid professional performance," Rooney added.

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"With the heat it was never going to be an end-to-end game, it was always going to be a game of moments.

"To win that was massive, Croatia are a good team and it will give the players a relief that they are comfortable in the group now.

"They'll be a bit more relaxed going into the game against Scotland and if they didn't win they could have been a bit anxious."

Raheem Sterling's goal was the difference between the sides and he proved critics wrong who wanted Jack Grealish to start ahead of him.

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Southgate heaped praise on his forward after the match, saying: "I’m so pleased for Raheem to get the goal.

"He’s had this hex in tournaments. I thought he was dangerous all day. He’s a good player and his goal scoring record suggests we should have faith in him.

"He was motivated to show his value today. We know we’ll need all our attacking players through the tournament. We can make changes and we’ll need to."

Sterling himself added he has not been paying attention to the talk in the press.

The 26-year-old said: "The most important thing is to win here. I am a person who’s hungry for goals. But I know the true value of the team. We dug in. I blocked the outside world off.

"I just try to focus on the tournament. I’m fully focused on the team. I haven’t listened to any of the outside noise."

England's next group match is against Scotland on 18 June.

The Scots, who are at their first major tournament in 23 years, kick off their campaign on Monday afternoon against Czech Republic.