England have confirmed their initial 33-man squad for Euro 2020. with Gareth Southgate yet to make several difficult final calls for this summer’s tournament.
There is a degree of experimentation with uncapped quartet Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale, who have all picked up their first Three Lions call-ups.
While Trent Alexander-Arnold remains in contention despite speculation to the contrary, with the Liverpool star among four right-backs, though he could still be cut as part of the final trim to 26 before before Uefa’s cut-off of 1 June.
The main headache for Southgate continues to be injuries to key players, with doubts over Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips, but all make it to the initial 33, but there is no luck for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, who misses out completely after surgery on his knee.
Elsewhere there is news of Germany’s successor, former Bayern boss Hansi Flick will replace Joachim Low following a monumental 15-year stint in charge of Die Mannschaft.
Follow all the latest reaction and analysis with more fallout from Southgate’s initial squad, plus attention turns to the Manchester United players included in the squad and their involvement in the Europa League final tonight against Villarreal, plus build-up to the all-English Champions League final this Saturday between Manchester City and Chelsea.
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“We’ll give them a period after their finals, similar to what we’ve done to players who finished on the last day of the Premier League,” Southgate said. “That’s exactly how we approached it ahead of Russia, when Jordan Henderson and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] came in late for that.
“When we’ve talked with the players about their experience in the past, a break with their families was preferable to going away somewhere with the team. We think that’s invaluable time given our aim is to be here for nine games including friendlies and that’s going to be a period of time from start of the tournament onwards, there’s a fair chance we won’t be able to see families.
“We want to get that first part right, get everybody psychologically fresh so it does affect who we can play in the first two friendlies. We’ve got to make sure physically we get the players in the right mode, we can’t overplay the players we’ve got in those friendlies and we’ve got players who might only be ready for 45 minutes in certain games or perhaps a little bit longer. All those things we’ve got to thread together but those players will report back later.”
Hansi Flick to replace Joachim Low as Germany manager after Euro 2020
The German national team have confirmed that outgoing Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick will take over from Jogi Low at the end of Euro 2020.
Low took over the role from Jurgen Klinsmann – who he was assistant boss to – after the 2006 World Cup, with his own assistant for the first eight years being Flick himself.
But Low took the decision earlier this year to leave Germany after this summer’s competition, having led the nation to third place at the 2010 World Cup and then becoming champions four years later in Brazil. At the European Championships, Low has taken Germany to the semis the past two editions and the final in 2008, though has yet to win the tournament.
Germany confirm Hansi Flick as new manager after Euros
Die Mannschaft’s first new head coach since Low was appointed in 2006
England Euro 2020 squad: Gareth Southgate explains why he picked 33 players for provisional group
Gareth Southgate said the England squad’s large representation in this week’s Champions League and Europa League finals was the main factor behind selecting an increased provisional group of 33 players for Euro 2020.
Twelve of the players selected by Southgate will not be able to join their England teammates this week due to Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United’s involvement in Europe, meaning the squad would have been left short of options in training.
England will now instead submit their final squad of 26 players on 1 June – the Uefa deadline for confirmation – with the delay also allowing England to assess the fitness of those still struggling with injuries, such as Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips.
Gareth Southgate explains decision to select 33-man provisional squad
Twelve players will be delayed in joining their England teammates due to European finals this week
Euro 2020 kits: Every home and away shirt ranked and rated
Euro 2020 is finally in sight, a festival of football which we hope brings plenty to enjoy after a largely forgettable year or so. As ever, a major tournament brings with it a bin-bag full of fresh international kits, and we’ve decided to cast our eye over the good, the bad and the ugly.
You almost certainly won’t agree with our order, in which case please add your own assessments in the comments below, but we hope you enjoy perusing these sartorial delights. It should be noted that North Macedonia are yet to release their kit, so they will be added to the list at a later date.
Ranked from worst to best, here are the football shirts of Euro 2020:
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
England Euro 2020 squad: Predicting Gareth Southgate’s team to face Croatia in opening game
Perhaps the best indication to help predict who will start England’s first Euro 2020 match came at Wembley Stadium two months ago.
England edged Poland 2-1 in a qualifier for next year’s World Cup, in what was their first serious test of 2021. Gareth Southgate opted for what seems to be his favoured 4-3-3 system, with the back-three formation used during the 2018 World Cup and 2020 Nations League left in reserve as plan B.
On that March evening at Wembley there were plenty of clues as to how the team might set up. Mason Mount was given licence to attack from the midfield three, playing alongside the more conservative Declan Rice with Kalvin Phillips roaming from box to box, and this careful balance is likely to be Southgate’s preferred structure for Euro 2020.
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Kane transfer ‘very unlikely’ during Euro 2020, says Southgate
Gareth Southgate does not expect Harry Kane to leave Tottenham Hotspur during Euro 2020 and is certain that his desire to leave the north London club will not damage England’s chances at the tournament.
Kane admitted last week that he is at a “crossroads” in his career and that he does not want to retire with any regrets over a lack of trophies, having not won any silverware at club level previously.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with the 27-year-old, who would prefer to remain in the Premier League even though Tottenham are reluctant to sell to an immediate rival.
Kane hopes to lead England to their first international tournament win in 55 years this summer and Southgate does not expect that his captain will be distracted by off-field speculation.
Harry Kane transfer ‘very unlikely’ during the Euros
Kane admitted he is at a ‘crossroads’ in his Spurs career last week
Full provisional England Euro 2020 squad
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ben Godfrey (Everton), 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), Ben White (Brighton)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (West Ham), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).
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