Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate set to confirm England’s 26-man squad ahead of UEFA deadline on Tuesday night | Football News
Gareth Southgate will name his final 26-man squad for Euro 2020 on Tuesday – and the England boss has big decisions to make.
Southgate named one provisional team of 33 players last week, which gave him time to include injury doubts such as Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips.
Manchester United striker Tuesday morning Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from the England squad for Euro 2020 after his club announced that playing in the competition would not be “beneficial” for an ongoing injury issue.
However, Southgate must eliminate six other players and submit their final selection to UEFA, before the official deadline of 11 p.m.
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The big decisions of Southgate
A key title for the 26-team will be the inclusion – or not – of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
After being excluded from England’s last squad for the World Cup qualifiers in March, the fate of the Liverpool defender will certainly be a major talking point.
However, Reece James and Kyle Walker’s stellar performances in the Champions League final, as well as their ability to play in a three-way center-back as well, appear to have made them unbeatable.
Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga title.
Southgate’s other key decisions will likely focus on a number of individual choices and how he sees the team’s balance across different positions.
If Maguire is included, one would expect the first two calls from center-backs Ben White and Ben Godfrey to miss out. One of the Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady is also reportedly likely to be dumped.
Ollie Watkins could benefit from Greenwood’s withdrawal in the last 26, with room for Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse in midfield unlikely.
Finally, one of the four goalkeepers will also be surplus to requirements. This means that Aaron Ramsdale or Sam Johnstone is absent.
Maguire’s biggest injury concern
With the exception of Greenwood and injuries, all 11 other England players involved in last week’s European final will join the rest of the national team in time for the team’s final warm-up match against Romania in Middlesbrough Sunday, Sky Sports News has been said.
The five Manchester United players who were part of England’s provisional 33-man squad for the Euros will arrive at Darlington training base in time to see their team-mates take on Austria at Riverside Stadium on Wednesday.
But none of those United players who suffered a nerve-racking penalty loss to Villarreal in the Europa League final are unlikely to be involved in the squad of the day.
The seven Chelsea and Manchester City players involved in the Champions League final will join in time for the second friendly, also at Riverside on Sunday night. Sky Sports News has been said that these players are unlikely to play any role in the game against Romania.
Southgate has had some good news on the injury front so far – Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips have been fully involved in both practice sessions at Rockliffe Hall since the team joined on Saturday.
Henderson has not played any competitive football since his groin injury in the Merseyside derby in February. Phillips dislocated his shoulder in the dying minutes of Leeds United’s last game of the season.
The main concern of the English manager remains the physical form of Harry Maguire.
The center-back’s ankle ligament injury caused him to miss Manchester United’s defeat in the Europa League final last week, and no decision has yet been made on whether he will be fit enough to represent his country in Euros.
Waiting list due to a pandemic
Sky Sports News has learned that even after the name of the 26-man squad, Southgate is likely to have some form of ‘waiting list’.
Due to the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, each of the 24 nations in the final can make unlimited changes to their squad until their first match of the tournament. For England that means 12 more days, until June 13, when they face Croatia at Wembley.
The provisional England team of 33 players for Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw ( Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City, Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Brighton).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (West Ham), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Attackers: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) *, Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).
* Removed from the team
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