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Southgate names 33-man provisional England squad for Euros

  • Published at 08:50 pm May 25th, 2021
Gareth Southgate

England's Euro 2020 Group D campaign starts with games against Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold earned a recall in a 33-man provisional England squad for Euro 2020 Tuesday as manager Gareth Southgate played for time before whittling the numbers down.

The right-back was dropped in March for World Cup qualifiers but he made the cut in a squad that will be reduced to 26 players ahead of a June 1 Uefa deadline.

The June 11-July 11 championship is being held across Europe, with semi-finals and final at London's Wembley Stadium as well as some group stage games.

The delay in naming a final squad gives Southgate time to factor in those still playing European club matches, but also opened a guessing game about which seven would be dropped.

Manchester United play the Europa League final against Villarreal Wednesday while Chelsea and Manchester City meet in Saturday's Champions League final.

Southgate named four uncapped players - Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White, Everton's Ben Godfrey, West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and Sheffield United's Aaron Ramsdale.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, United's Harry Maguire and Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips, all with lingering injury concerns, were included.

So too were three teenagers - Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, United's Mason Greenwood and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford misses out, as do injured Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier and Southampton forward Danny Ings.

Southgate said dropping Dier had not been easy but his season had not been good enough to warrant a place.

He defended the decision to name four right-backs.

Southgate was confident talismanic striker Harry Kane would not be distracted by transfer talk after seeking a move from Tottenham.

England face Austria and Romania in friendlies in the first week of June, before their Euro 2020 Group D campaign starts with games against Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic.

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Ben Godfrey, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Greenwood, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins