England football manager Gareth Southgate has announced his provisional squad for next month’s European Championships.
Southgate, who was due to name his 26 players for the tournament today, will instead provide the final selection by 1 June, the UEFA deadline for squads to be formally submitted.
The provisional squad is:
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)
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
It’s a first call-up for White, Godfrey and Ramsdale while Manchester United teenager Mason Greenwood has been recalled for the first time since being sent home for breaking COVID rules after his debut in Iceland.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA has changed its rules to allow nations to amend their squad at any stage up to their first game in the tournament.
For England, that’s 13 June against Croatia – giving Southgate a further 12 days to make changes.
The tournament itself, due to be played last summer, was delayed by 12 months because of the outbreak.
England play all three group games at Wembley, their first home games in a tournament finals since Euro 1996.
If successful, they could also play two of three knockout matches there, too, before the final, also at Wembley on 11 July.
History is against the Three Lions, however, as they’ve never won the European Championships and the squad’s best finish was as semi-finalists 25 years ago.
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