Gareth Southgate picks his final 26-man squad for Euro 2020 with were very few surprises in store.
England have announced their final 26-man squad for Euro 2020, with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inclusion raising the eyebrows and perhaps the most debatable. Alexander-Arnold was dropped from Gareth Southgate’s last squad in March. It led to massive speculations that the full-back might not be part of the team for the European Championship. However, the head coach surprised many people by including him in the 33-man provisional squad recently. When the squad was further trimmed down to 26, the Liverpool right-back has managed to find a spot in it as well.
Among the absentees, the biggest name to miss out from England’s squad is Jesse Lingard. After struggling to find game time with Manchester United, he left for West Ham United on loan in January. Since then, the attacking-midfielder has been a revelation, scoring and assisting goals aplenty. His impressive form of late earned him a spot in the provisional squad, but he failed to make the cut in the team.
Earlier, Mason Greenwood had pulled out of the squad due to an “underlying injury”, according to Manchester United. “Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from the provisional England Euro 2020 squad, in order to recover fully from an underlying injury that also kept him out of the Under-21 European Championship in March,” a club statement said.
“Mason’s club appearances were managed carefully to maintain his availability through the intensive 2020/21 Premier League and Europa League schedules. But a further spell of tournament football would not be beneficial and Mason will remain at Manchester United to recuperate and prepare for pre-season training.”
Greenwood’s withdrawal meant six other players from the provisional squad would miss out on the final team. James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Ben Godfrey, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale are the other players who failed to make the cut.
Notably, England will have plenty of right-backs at their disposal. Apart from Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are part of the team. Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham are the other surprise inclusions in the squad.
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), 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).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City).