England squad announcement for Euro 2020 - Gareth Southgate names provisional 33-man squad
England manager Gareth Southgate has named his 33-strong provisional squad ahead of the European Championship. One surprise inclusion was Brighton defender Ben White while Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had been an irregular member of Southgate's plans this season as his form suffered, was also selected. Southgate will reduce the squad to 26 players on June 1.
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ICYMI - Southgate confirmed that the players involved in this week's Champions League and Europa League finals would be given a "period of rest" before joining up with the rest of the England squad.
Southgate also spoke about the choice he'd given his players - whether they would prefer to go away with the team on a camp before the tournament or whether they'd rather time with their families.
15:15 - Not many surprises
The 33-man provisional squad gave Southgate more wiggle room, and he will have to make some difficult decisions to whittle that down to 26 next week, but there weren't many surprises in his selection.
Godfrey and White have done well to push their way into the squad, while Dier and Tomori will be disapointed not to be selected, but the lack of heated debate over inclusions/omissions says a lot about the quality of this group.
14:45 - Tomori name check
It's worth noting that Fikayo Tomori and Ezri Konsa were both name-checked by Southgate as players who were on his radar. For many, Tomori's omission is surprising given how well he played in Serie A for AC Milan this season.
14:30 - 'Heartbreaking' for Pope
There's no sign of Nick Pope in the England squad due to injury. The Burnley goalkeeper would have otherwise stood a good chance of starting at Euro 2020 and Southgate has been speaking about just how gutted he is for him.
"It's heartbreaking to get an injury so close to a major tournament," he said. "I'm really disappointed for him."
14:20 - Southgate on Greenwood
Greenwood is back in the England squad for the first time since he was sent home from a camp last year for breaking Covid-19 rules in Iceland.
"I hope that his inclusion on the provisional list show that we're happy to select him," says Southgate. "He's an outstanding finisher, there's no question about that."
14:15 - Maguire information
As we all know, Maguire is a doubt for the Europa League final and therefore for the Euros. "From a club perspective they’ve got a huge final tomorrow and that hasn’t been so easy for us to get information and I completely understand that," says Southgate. "We’ll know more in the next couple of days really."
Harry Maguire of Manchester United
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14:10 - Southgate on his RBs!
Southgate isn't giving away much when asked what his thought process is on the four right backs he has picked for this provisional squad. "You see four right-backs, I just see four good footballers," he says.
The England manager has also spoken about Godfrey and White. "They're both exciting young defenders. They're very flexible and can play in different roles, and this is a great opportunity for us to get to know them a bit better."
14:05 - Complicated situation!
"Our situation is more complicated than any other country at the moment" says Southgate when asked why he decided to pick a 33-man squad rather than just 26 players. He references how 12 members of his squad are still to play in European finals this week (Chelsea, City, United).
"More time is going to help us make better decisions."
14:00 - Southgate is speaking!
England manager Gareth Southgate is now speaking to the press about his selection of the 33-man provisional squad...
13:50 - Who misses out?
Can you pick seven players from this squad of 33 to cut? It's not easy...
13:40 - Right back decisions
Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker are all included in the 33-provisional squad which means Southgate has simply kicked the can down the road until next week!
At this stage, Southgate might welcome an injury to one of his four right back options simply to make things easier for him!
13:30 - Newbies!
Pretty much all the familiar names are there for England, but there are three uncapped players who have been called up to the provisional squad.
Ramsdale is an interesting pick, but it's likely he will drop out when the squad is whittled down. Then there's Godfrey and White who have both enjoyed good seasons.
13:20 - Greenwood's redemption
One of the big headlines from Southgate's squad selection is the return of Greenwood to the national team. The teenager is a huge talent, but was sent home from his last England camp.
Indeed, Greenwood was ditched by Southgate after breaking Covid-19 rules in Iceland. This call-up, however, suggests the England manager is happy enough with the Manchester United forward.
Greenwood has finished the season strongly, but will likely be up against Watkins to be picked in the whittled down 26-man squad next week.
13:15 - Grealish makes it!
Jack Grealish has been included in Southgate's provisional squad. That will be a relief to many after the recent injury troubles suffered by the Aston Villa midfielder.
Grealish has forced his way into the England team this season. The only thing that could have stopped him from going to the Euros is injury, but Southgate seems happy that he is fit enough to feature.
13:10 - Who missed out?
It's fair to say there aren't many surprises in terms of who has been included in this 33-man provisional squad, but what about those who missed out?
Patrick Bamford isn't involved, with Watkins picked over the Leeds United striker. No Dier is quite surprising given that Southgate appears to be a fan of the Spurs man.
There's no Fikayo Tomori, which is a bit of a shame given how he has played for AC Milan since making the loan move from Chelsea in January.
13:05 - Lingard IN!
Jesse Lingard has been picked to the England squad, which isn't too much of a surprise given the astonishing second half of the season he enjoyed on loan at West Ham.
However, Lingard's resurgence has caught many by surprise. Just a few months ago, he looked finished at Manchester United. Now he could be a key figure for England at the Euros!
13:00 - ENGLAND SQUAD ANNOUNCED!
England's 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020 has been revealed and there are places for Mason Greenwood, Ben Godfrey, Bukayo Saka, Ollie Watkins and Ben White!
Nick Pope and James Maddison are among those who miss out and there's also no place for Eric Dier who is not included.
Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been called up as a fourth-choice goalkeeper with Sam Johnstone in there as well.
To the relief of many supporters, Trent Alexander-Arnold is also in the England squad despite apparently not being certain of his place in the cut-down 26-man squad.
12:55 - Five mins to go!
It's nearly time for all to be revealed. Who will be in England's 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020? We'll find out in just five minutes' time!
12:50 - What do we know?
Reports have surfaced over the course of the day concerning who will be included in England's provisional squad for the Euros. So what do we know?
The Atheltic claims White has been included with James also in the squad. And Godfrey is also believed to be on the bus! What about Alexander-Arnold? Well, the Telegraph claims he's been given the call.
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12:40 - Recap...
Just to remind you of the situation - it was announced last night that Southgate would be naming a provisional 33-man squad rather than the nailed down 26-man squad.
One of the factors behind this is the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City. And, of course, the Europa League final which Manchester United are involved in.
12:35 - Godfrey's on the plane/bus!
Ben Godfrey has reportedly been rewarded for a successful season with Everton by being named in England's 33-man provisional squad for the Euros.
The Athetic reports the defender has been included in the squad which will be fully announced in under half-an-hour!
12:30 - 30 mins to go!
Half an hour until the provisional England squad for Euro 2020 is announced and this is pretty much how we're all feeling at this point...
12:20 - What does Ryan know?
This could be something. It could be nothing. But Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, who spent last season on loan at Arsenal, has wished Bukayo Saka well at the Euros on Instagram... [thinking face emoji]
12:10 - 26, 24, 33?
As already mentioned, Southgate will reportedly name 33 players in his provisional squad today. National teams are permitted to pick 26 players to this summer's European Championships.
Spain manager Luis Enrique only picked 24 players to his squad, announced yesterday! Some managers don't want to pick too many players as they feel there's no point in taking players who won't feature. Different trains of thought.
12:00 - One hour to go!
There's just one hour until England's 33-man provisional squad is announced. Will there be any surprises? Just to recap, Southgate will then speak to the press at 2pm. Beyond that, he will whittle down the squad to 26 players for the June 1 deadline.
11:55 - James is in!
Simon Johnson of The Athletic reports Reece James has been included in England's 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020. Of course, this isn't much of a surprise, but the Chelsea man will still be relieved to be involved.
More interesting will be what other right backs get the call from Southgate. Will a certain Liverpool right back be picked?
11:50 - Czech Republic squad announced!
Of course, England aren't the only country announcing their squad for the Euros today. Czech Republic, who are also in Group D, have announced their squad for the tournament!
There are some recognisable names in there for English football fans, notably Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal!
11:40 - Striker debate
BT Sport commentator Ian Darke has run through some of England's options in attack. While Kane obviously has his place nailed down, it's not so certain who fills the rest of the places up front...
11:35 - Some dates for your diary
How England's summer will pan out... May 25 - 33-man squad announcement. June 1 - 26-man squad announcement. June 2 - Austria friendly. June 6 - Romania friendly. June 13 - Euro 2020 fixture v Croatia. June 18 - Euro 2020 fixture v Scotland. June 22 - Euro 2020 fixture v Czech Republic.
11:30 - Targett to be named?
England have countless options at right back, but they don't have the same depth at left back. While Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw are proven performers, The Athletic claims Matt Targett could be named in the squad to provide some depth.
It's believed Southgate is a fan of the Aston Villa defender who has yet to be capped at senior level. Targett has, however, come through the U21 set-up and we all know how much Southgate loves calling up players from the U21s!
11:20 - Bad news for Bamford?
The Athletic reports Patrick Bamford hasn't had any communication from Southgate or anyone at the England set-up about being included in the provisional squad for the Euros.
The Leeds United forward had been mentioned as a potential option after a strong season, but if he hasn't heard from Southgate by now...
Patrick Bamford of Leeds United celebrates with Mateusz Klich after scoring their side's second goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road on May 08, 2021 in Leeds, England
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11:15 - What about Tomori?
While England have an abundance of options in attack, it's fair to say they are a bit lighter at the back. Maguire is sweating on his fitness after suffering an ankle injury, so could this open the door for Fikayo Tomori?
Tomori has enjoyed an excellent second half of the season at AC Milan with the Serie A side reportedly keen on making his move from Chelsea permanent. Could he be in the England squad announced this afternoon?
10:45 - Wildcards!
The fact Southgate is set to name a 33-man provisional squad means there could be space for a wildcard or two! So... who could they be? Joe Willock, perhaps? That one would be out of left-field, but the midfielder finished the season by scoring in SEVEN straight games for Newcastle United!
Eberechi Eze might have stood a good chance had injury not ended his season early. Would Bukayo Saka be considered a wildcard? His versatility could be useful in a major tournament.
Joe Willock, Newcastle United
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10:30 - In other news...
Hansi Flick has been confirmed as Joachim Low's successor as Germany national team manager. Flick, who left Bayern Munich at the end of the season, served as Low's assistant for a number of years and will now take over once the Euros are out of the way.
10:15 - Kane's deputy?
How many out-and-out strikers will be included in Southgate's squad? Obviously Kane is guaranteed. Then it seems highly likely Dominc Calvert-Lewin will be picked after a successful season for Everton.
Will Southgate select many centre forwards beyond that or will he rely on Marcus Rashford to provide some depth in that position? Of course, Danny Ings looked a good bet until injury disrupted his season.
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10:00 - Warm-up games
England will face Austria and Romania in two warm-up games next month ahead of Euro 2020. Both games will be played at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough and The FA has confirmed limited numbers of tickets are now sold out.
Harry Kane is also on the social media graphic promoting the games, so we can assume he's in the England squad then? Good news for Harry. Just in case he was wondering...
09:45 - Room for Grealish?
Speaking on players who have been left sweating on their fitness - Jack Grealish. The Aston Villa man had been one of the standout performers in the Premier League, and had forced his way into the England side, until he suffered a shin injury in February.
However, Grealish returned to action towards the end of the season and Cunningham of the i reports there will be room for him in the provisional England squad announced later today. Phew!
09:30 - Pope ruled out!
Cunningham also reports that Pope has been ruled out of contention through injury. The Burnley goalkeeper had been a doubt to make the squad and it now appears he won't be included in the 33-man roster announced later.
This could benefit Sam Johnstone, the West Brom goalkeeper in line to replace Pope in the England squad. Johnstone was included in Southgate's last squad back in March.
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09:20 - Bellingham expected to be in
Sam Cunningham of the i reports Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham will be included in the provisional squad named by Southgate later this afternoon.
That maybe isn't too much of a surprise given the form Bellingham has been in recently and the good impression he made back in March for England, but competition is so stiff that the 17-year-old can't afford to take anything for granted.
09:00 - White to be included!
The Athletic reports Brighton defender Ben White will be named in the provisional England squad for Euro 2020 later today. The 23-year-old enjoyed a strong season for the Seagulls in the Premier League and will be among Southgate's defensive options.
It's also claimed that the squad Southgate announces today will consist of 33 players! That is substantially more than the 26 players permitted by UEFA to take to the tournament itself.
08:55 - Injury concerns
It's not just Maguire who is an injury concern for England. Nick Pope, Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson will all be assessed ahead of the Euros. Will they be named in today's squad?
I guess a lot of it will come down to how big this provisional squad is. How many players are we talking? That hasn't been confirmed by Southgate or anyone at The FA. But we'll find out today at 1pm!
08:40 - What about Maguire?
Southgate has been left sweating on the fitness of Maguire with the Manchester United captain a real doubt for Wednesday's Europa League final against Villarreal.
Maguire has been named in United's matchday squad for the match, but was wearing a protective boot and using crutches until only a few days ago. Will he be in the squad today, or does Southgate know something we don't?
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08:25 - Hope for TAA?
Of course, one of the big storylines we will be following today concerns Trent Alexander-Arnold's inclusion in the squad. He was left out of Southgate's last England squad in March.
The Telegraph reports the 22-year-old will be named in the provisional squad announced today. However, Southgate still seems to favour other options at right back.
08:15 - Who will be in the squad?
So as already mentioned, it was confirmed last night that Southgate will name an extended squad today before whittling it down to 26 players on June 1.
It hasn't been confirmed just how many players will be in that provisional squad today, but it would appear Southgate is giving himself as long as possible to make some difficult decisions on Harry Maguire and those Chelsea and Manchester City players involved in the Champions League final.
England manager Gareth Southgate will name a 30-strong provisional squad including Trent Alexander-Arnold for Euro 2020 as he looks to account for a number of injury worries, according to reports. Follow all the live updates with Graham Ruthven.
The FA did not confirm the size of the squad Southgate is likely to name, but it was widely reported that the squad will be of 30 players.
The belief is that the England manager’s decision is an attempt to allow Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson to prove their fitness. Southgate will then reduce the squad to 26 on June 1.
The England squad is expected to be announced at 1pm UK time with Southgate to hold a press conference at 2pm.