Euro 2020 news LIVE: England vs Austria team news after Gareth Southgate confirms final squad

Follow all the latest updates as England begin their Euro 2020 preparations after Gareth Southgate confirmed his final 26-man squad.

The big debate had been over which right-back the Three Lions would be heading into the tournament without; ultimately the manager has chosen all four of them, with Trent Alexander-Arnold making the cut as well as Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker.

Now the expectation will be on at least one of them playing a different rule to usual during the course of the competition, as Southgate bids to get the best out of the talent at his disposal. Teenager Jude Bellingham is one of them as is Jack Grealish with Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins among those omitted from the final squad.

Attention now turns to the warm-up games – beginning with Austria in Middlesbrough tonight – as the fitness of players are assessed ahead of the tournament starting next week. Both Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson are facing a “tight” race to be fit for the opening game against Croatia on 13 June, but Lingard will start tonight despite missing out on selection.

Follow all the latest team news, squad reaction and all the build-up throughout the day:

TALKING POINTS AHEAD OF ENGLAND WARM-UP

With Gareth Southgate announcing his final squad on Tuesday and England’s first warm-up match happening just a day later there is a lot to talk about.

Here is a round-up of everything that you need to know ahead of the match:

Talking points ahead of midweek Euro 2020 warm-ups

A host of tournament teams are in action on Wednesday

HOW WILL ENGLAND PERFORM AGAINST AUSTRIA?

While this evening’s game for England is a warm-up for the Euros, it’s crucial for manager Gareth Southgate to see who is on form in a white shirt before the tournament begins.

Southgate will be hoping to secure the Euros for the first time for England this summer.

Here’s the prediction for how tonight’s game will pan out:

Predicting how England vs Austria will play out tonight

Everything you need to know ahead of the match

WILL FOOTBALL COME HOME?

Euro 2020 is finally here with the eyes of the football world set to be firmly fixed on Europe and one of the highlights of the sporting calendar.

The showpiece European competition was postponed a year ago with the coronavirus pandemic forcing everything to be rescheduled, but the show must go on with 11 countries now set to host a feast of international football all over the continent this summer.

The tournament is set to have plenty of home nation interest, of course. Gareth Southgate’s England will meet Croatia, Czech Republic and their oldest rivals Scotland in their group, following Steve Clarke’s side’s incredible penalty shoot-out win over Serbia while Wales will take on Switzerland and Turkey in Baku before heading to Rome to take on Group A favourites Italy.

Will Southgate’s Three Lions finally bring football home? Can Scotland spring a surprise? How will Wales cope without Ryan Giggs?

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HOW TO WATCH ENGLAND VS AUSTRIA TONIGHT

Here’s all the info you need ahead of tonight’s friendly between England and Austria.

This should be an interesting one, with the Euros just nine days away…

How to watch England vs Austria online and on TV tonight

Everything you need to know ahead of the match

EURO KITS RANKED

There is just nine days until the Euros kick-off and all the fans will be displaying their country’s kits proudly.

However, some of the designs are better than others.

Here are the kits ranked:

The good, the bad and the ugly: Every Euro 2020 kit ranked and rated

The football shirts of Euro 2020 ranked from best to worst

NETHERLANDS HAVE ‘CLASS’ DUO FOR EURO 2020

Holland will be banking on the star duo of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to secure their first major tournament since 1988.

The pair have been described as ‘class’ by Ajax’s former head of talent development, where the pair used to play.

Ruben Jongkind told BBC Sport: “If you talk about Matthijs and Frenkie it is basically where everything starts in the build-up and they also know each other very well.

“Matthijs and Frenkie are your core, the pre-architects of the build-up and also the defence. It is super important to have those two class players in your team.”

SOUTHGATE: LINGARD CAN SHOW ME I’M WRONG

West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard may have been left out of the Euro squad but he is set to win another cap for England in tonight’s friendly against Austria.

England boss Gareth Southgate has said this is his opportunity to prove why he was wrong to not include him in the final 26-man team.

Southgate said: “Jesse has had a good spell with West Ham and is someone who has played so well with England. We have total trust in the way he plays, he is reliable, a great member of the group.

“He will start tomorrow [Wednesday] because Sancho is ill and a lot of players are not available. He deserves that opportunity to show me I am wrong straight away.”

Lingard to face Austria despite omission from England’s Euro 2020 squad

The manager has detailed the tough conversation of telling several players they won’t be involved

WILL MAGUIRE AND HENDERSON PLAY FOR ENGLAND AGAINST AUSTRIA?

Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson may have been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros but they are risks due to injury.

There has been no confirmation if they will be fit for this evening’s game against Austria with Southgate being unclear at his conference yesterday, though it seems very unlikely.

He said: “Both of the players are not where you would want them to be in terms of being available for the game against Croatia. We are realistic about that.

“But they are outstanding players, but when you are talking about Maguire who hardly ever misses a game and Hendo, who has made a living out of making the impossible seem possible, then maybe they can get there.”

HOW WILL ENGLAND LINE UP VS AUSTRIA TONIGHT?

England take on Austria in a pre-Euro 2020 friendly this evening.

The players Southgate selects tonight may reveal his plans for the Euros opener against Croatia on 13 June.

Then again, he suggested that Jesse Lingard could play against Austria, despite the midfielder having been cut yesterday as Southgate turned his provisional squad into a final group…

Here’s how England could line up against Austria:

Team news and predicted line-ups ahead of England vs Austria

Everything you need to know ahead of the match

ENGLAND’S EURO 2020 SQUAD VS 2018 WORLD CUP GROUP

England’s run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup is still fresh in the memory, despite the one-year delay to Euro 2020.

Here, we delve into the squad named by Southgate yesterday and how it compares to the group he took to Russia three years ago.

More or fewer midfielders this time? A younger or older squad this summer? A more talented group?

Let’s take a look…

How does England’s Euro 2020 squad compare to the 2018 World Cup group?

Ten players from the 26-man Euros squad went to the 2018 tournament in Russia

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