Euro 2020: Southgate names England preliminary squad
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England boss Gareth Southgate has opted to name a provisional 33-man squad for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament. Southgate is expected to trim his squad down to down to 26 players before UEFA’s final deadline on June 1.
The Three Lions have been placed into Group D in the competition up against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia, age-old foes Scotland and their qualification rivals the Czech Republic.
Southgate will now assess his players during their training camp at St. George’s Park in the coming days before cutting seven players from his final 23.
The big news from Southgate’s announcement is the return of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold following his omission from the start of England’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign earlier this year.
Alexander-Arnold is joined by Reds team-mate Jordan Henderson with Southgate set to make a late fitness call on the former Sunderland man, alongside fellow injury doubt Harry Maguire.
The Manchester United captain looks certain to miss their Europa League final clash with Villarreal tomorrow night, but Southgate will give both players the chance to prove their fitness.
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Jordan Pickford and Dean Henderson are in line to start the tournament as Southgate’s two goalkeeping options.
However, with Burnley keeper Nick Pope is ruled out due to surgery with West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and uncapped Sheffield United stopper Aaron Ramsdale vying for the third slot.
Ben Godfrey and Ben White are also called up for the first time alongside Borussia Dortmund pair Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham and Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title winner Kieran Trippier.
Alexander-Arnold’s inclusion gives Southgate a boost, or a headache, at right-back, with Kyle Walker and Reece James also called up.
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Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Jesse Lingard, Kalvin Phillips and James Ward-Prowse join Henderson and Bellingham as the seven midfielders.
Southgate has gone for ten forward options in the 33-man panel with skipper Harry Kane named after clinching the 2020/21 Premier League top scorer and top assister awards.
Kane will captain Southgate’s side this summer after his six goals at the 2018 World Cup secured the Three Lions first World Cup Golden Boot since Gary Lineker in 1986.
The Spurs hitman is called up alongside Sancho, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
Patrick Bamford and Danny Ings both miss out despite scoring 17 and 12 Premier League goals respectively this season for Leeds United and Southampton.
Tottenham duo Harry Winks and Eric Dier are amongst those to miss out with the latter playing a key role at the 2018 World Cup.
Chelsea centre back Fikayo Tomori has also been overloked by Southgate despite enjoying a strong seaosn on loan at AC Milan.
With some big decisions coming up for Southgate, at Express Sport we want to know who you would leave out of the final 26?
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