It’s D-Day for international managers as the final 26-man squads for the summer tournament must be confirmed today with 10 days to go until the opening match,
and his 23 counterparts will submit their final player lists, though unlimited replacements before the first match are allowed for serious injury or illness, including positive Covid results or needing to self-isolate as a precaution.
Goalkeepers can be replaced during the tournament but a player who has been replaced cannot be returned to the squad.
Regarding, Southgate has to cull seven players from his provisional squad, with three of uncapped quartet Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale likely to make way, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss out due to heavy competition at right-back.
Elsewhere, there are fitness concerns over Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson and Leed midfielder Kalvin Phillips, while Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse will be sweating over their involvement.
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Alexander-Arnold to miss out?
Another also expected to miss out is Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, as reported by ESPN last night.
So, that’s four of the seven ‘known’ already. Three to go.
Lingard and JWP out?
Jesse Lingard is set to be one of the seven cut from the England squad today, reports The Athletic.
A stunning second-half to the season does not appear to have persuaded Gareth Southgate, who is also ready to leave James Ward-Prowse at home.
Greenwood withdraws from squad
A statement read: “Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from the provisional England Euro 2020 squad, in order to recover fully from an underlying injury that also kept him out of the Under-21 European Championship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.
“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.”
BREAKING: Greenwood pulls out
Mason Greenwood has pulled out of England’s Euros squad after being unable to shake off an injury.
At risk: Midfielders
After right-back, Gareth Southgate’s biggest job is cutting down his midfielders.
Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse will be anxious about their places despite impressive seasons, while Jordan Henderson’s spot is not fully confirmed having not played since February.
Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, who injured his shoulder on the final day of the Premier League season, has trained with the squad.
Closer look: Defenders
England’s squad may be blessed with an abundance of attacking talent, but the defence will be giving Gareth Southgate selection headaches, too.
The position of right-back is perhaps the most hotly contested area, with four named in the provisional 33-man squad. The chances of all four making the cut to 26 seems highly unlikely, which means one of Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Reece James or Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to miss out.
Southgate has highlighted the quartet’s versatility, with the likes of Trippier able to play at left-back, but even still, the idea of four right-backs in a 26-man squad seems hard to comprehend.
There are further decisions for Southgate to make when it comes to centre-back too, not least because he has dropped Eric Dier.
Uncapped pair Ben Godfrey and Ben White have got the nod instead and, while they might be outsiders to make the 26, fitness concerns over Harry Maguire means they must be ready to step up.
Left-back is perhaps the only really settled area of England’s defence when it comes to knowing who will be in the final 26-man group.
Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw are the standout options and will fight it out to start the opening game. Bukayo Saka could act as emergency cover there if needed.
Who’s at risk: Defenders
The most contentious position is at right-back with Premier League and Champions League winner Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss out.
Chelsea’s Reece James and Man City’s Kyle Walker came through the Champions League final unscathed and will be joined by third right-back, Kieran Trippier, who just won LaLiga with Atletico.
Everton defender Ben Godfrey and the Brighton defender Ben White, both uncapped, are not expected to make the cut, though Harry Maguire’s fitness issues shouldn’t see him miss out.
Closer look: Goalkeepers
Gareth Southgate’s goalkeepers for his England squad looked done and dusted.
Everton’s Jordan Pickford has established himself as the country’s No1, while Dean Henderson’s rise at Manchester United this season has made him an easy call-up too. But Nick Pope’s injury has opened up a spot.
Both Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale and Sam Johnstone of West Brom have tasted relegation this season, but they have been handed the chance to possibly have a dream summer with England at the Euros.
Neither player has been capped for their country, although both have represented England at youth level but Johnstone is the frontrunner of the two to make the final 26-man squad for the Euros given his good form this season.
Despite West Brom being relegated, the 28-year-old has done well and he is being linked with a move this summer. Ramsdale, on the other hand, has struggled since joining Sheffield United from Bournemouth for just under £20million last summer.
Who’s at risk: Goalkeepers
There are two uncapped goalkeepers in the squad in Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale.
Nick Pope’s injury means one of those was drafted in late into the provisional squad, with Ramsdale widely understood to be the man to benefit.
With Dean Henderson and Jordan Pickford nailed on, it should be Sam Johnstone to make up the three for the tournament.
When is the announcement?
Gareth Southgate is addressing the media at 6pm, so the confirmed squad is expected shortly before then.
Last week, the provisional squad was announced one hour before the England manager’s media duties.