With just nine days to the start of the Euro2021 championship, England manager Gareth Southgate has announced 26-players for the tourney.
The squad consists of three keepers, 10 defenders, five midfielders, and eight forwards with the manager choosing youngsters over experience.
The much-talked-about position is the right-back featuring four players Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Reece James for that position.
“Well, I think we went through this last week,” he says. “Yes we have four players who play sometimes at right-back for their clubs but Kieran’s here, who’s been playing as a wing-back as well as right-back,’’ Gareth Southgate said.
Three English clubs were involved in Europa League and Champions League finals Man United, Man City and Chelsea which had to make Gareth Southgate wait till the deadline date to name his squad.
Seven players that missed out after being named in the provisional 33-man squad are Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Ben White (Brighton), Jesse Lingard (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).
“If we pick up injuries, that’s the group of players who are on standby. I’ve been there as a player and it’s not nice to receive that news.
“Yesterday afternoon when I had the conversations with those players, although they were disappointed, they understood,” Southgate said.
England’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), 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).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City).
What’s the Three Lions record at the Euros?
England have not really performed well in the championship in recent times the best they have done for themselves as far back as 1968 when the Three Lions finished third choking same success in 1996.
After the 1996 edition, England have finished 11th, fifth, fifth, and 12th in 2000, 2004, 2016, and 2018 respectively.
What are fans’ expectations in the 2021 championship?
England went closer to the finals of the 2018 World Cup but loss 2-0 to Belgium in the semifinals. Many are expecting them to better that performance at the Euros having about 60 percent of the players that played at the world cup in this squad under the same manager.
The Three Lions will meet Croatia, Scotland, and the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium in Group D on home soil and these matches will prove crucial for them to qualify for the knockout phase.