The Manchester United captain was named in England’s 26-man squad for the Euros, despite missing the end of the season with an ankle injury.
Now, Maguire has reflected on the disappointment of missing the Europa League final – where he was helpless on the sidelines, as United lost on penalties to Villarreal – as well as his battle to get fit again.
Maguire sustained the injury during United’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa on May 9 and said he feared the worst when it happened.
He told the Sun: “The fear that I had was missing everything.
“I knew it was quite a bad injury. When I got the results of the scan, I knew it would be unlikely I would made the Europa League final — but we also never ruled it out.
“I would jump out of bed and put weight on my ankle, which I probably should not have done, and test it to see if the pain was still there.
“Unfortunately, it was not to be. I knew for me to start the Europa League final was very unlikely but I hoped to play some part.
“However it was out of reach and just not possible.
“Ahead of the final, I could still not run on the ankle. But it is now improving and getting better, so I am just looking forward to the Euros.”
Maguire had started every single Premier League game for United since his £80million arrival from Leicester in the summer of 2019, and was known for his consistency. He has vowed to do all in his power to play a part for Gareth Southgate’s side in the Euros.
He added: “I generally try to play through injuries.
“I know it was not the impact of the challenge at Villa that caused it.
“It was more of a twist, so when I did that, I knew it would be some sort of ligament damage.
“And obviously it was really bad timing for myself. To play so many games on the spin and not get many injuries, but to then miss the Europa League final and the end of the season for Manchester United, was disappointing for the club and myself.
“I have not picked up many knocks. You have freak tackles, people falling on you, you twist things, but I have avoided muscle injuries.
“But I am looking forward to getting back as soon as possible.”