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Martin Keown reckons Gareth Southgate should keep Harry Maguire waiting for his debut at the Euro Finals.
Manchester United star Maguire has declared himself fit again after recovering from ankle ligament damage sustained against Aston Villa early last month.
But with John Stones and Tyrone Mings keeping clean sheets in England's opening two Group D games against Croatia and Scotland former Arsenal and England star Keown wouldn't be in a hurry to break up their partnership against the Czech's on Tuesday.
“Gareth Southgate has a difficult decision to change them because they have kept two clean sheets and have been solid up to now, they've done well" says Keown who won 43 England caps.
Harry Maguire is believed to be fully fit again
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“Stones has looked dominant at times and Mings won a lot of aerial balls against Scotland and they will face that type of game against a Czech side who are strong and physical.
“They'll be playing a lot of long balls towards Patrik Schick who is a handful and I think Mings and Stones are suited to that.
“It would be nice to see Maguire come on at some point because he'll need game time before the knock-out stage but it's a tricky one for Gareth.
“Having changed the full backs against Scotland he may well leave the central defence alone against the Czech's because he doesn't want to be tinkering too much when there's no need.
“The defence has done okay although Declan Rice got dragged too far back a couple of times and we didn't shift and move out as quickly as we should have done at times against Scotland so there are adjustments to make.”
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Keown wouldn't bow to calls for Harry Kane to be dropped and is adamant the England skipper MUST start against the Czech Republic despite having just six touches in the draw with Scotland.
“Harry should play, definitely” says Keown, speaking as an ambassador for McDonald's Fun Football programme giving thousands of children the chance to play for free this summer.
“But we need him further up the pitch. It felt to me when the ball did go to Kane it was almost like what is he going to do with it?
“We need to keep the ball in midfield until the forwards are in good high positions and then the movement needs to start from there.
“The trigger needs to come from a crisp ball because it was too slow at times. Harry was getting drawn to the ball as he does at Spurs, he's got into that habit.
“But when he does that at Spurs, Son Heung-min bursts into that space and that's not happening for England.
“I think there's a good relationship developing between Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling but I think sometimes we should have Mount going more central in support of Harry with Sterling making a run in behind.
Martin Keown is calling on families to sign up for McDonald's free Fun Football sessions
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“We're getting the opposite at the moment. Sterling is coming towards the ball and Mount is being caught making that run himself from deep.
“Criticism is inevitable when England don't play well but the game against Scotland was derby. You have to give Steve Clarke great credit.
“Scotland learned from their mistakes against the Czech's and now England must do the same.
“England have some real talent but now it's Gareth's job to find right system and patterns for those players.”
Arsenal and England legend Martin Keown is calling on families to sign up for McDonald's free Fun Football sessions, which will get thousands of children playing football this summer. To find a local session go to: mcdonalds .co.uk/football