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Covid Precautions May Give Jordan Henderson a Starting Euros Spot

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The Liverpool captain could make his debut in this tournament on Tuesday.

England Training Camp - Euro 2020 Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

The recently recovered Jordan Henderson might see his first European Championship 2020 action on Tuesday, and it’s because of Covid protocols. Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour has tested positive for the virus. England played against Scotland last Friday, and there are images of Gilmour making contact with England midfielder Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. The England and Chelsea midfield duo will need to self-isolate, which means missing the final group stage match against leaders Czech Republic.

Mount and Chilwell have thankfully both tested negative but are observing proper Covid protocols.

This leaves a space in the midfield, and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson could be just the man for the job.

The Group D battle is tight entering this final round of matches. Czech Republic sit atop the group with four points and a plus two goal difference. England is on their heels with four points and a plus one goal difference. Meanwhile, the bottom two are equally as tight. Croatia has one point and a negative one goal difference and bottom-placed Scotland has one point and a negative two goal difference. So things are very much up in the air at this point.

First and second place ensures passage through to the Round of 16, while a third place finish could be enough depending on other factors. It looks as though four points and a carefully maintained goal difference could be enough for the third place team to get one of the four knockout round spots set aside for the third placed teams.

That aside, the standings are close enough that any two teams could end up landing in the top two spots. It will be an interesting set of matching on Tuesday.