England Euro 2020 Squad; Alexander-Arnold and Ben White earn recalls

England Euro 2020 Squad

Updated: 25/02/2024

Gareth Southgate chooses 33-man provisional England squad for Euro 2020

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold found his way into a 33-man provisional England squad named by Three lions manager Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020 on Tuesday after the right-back was dropped in March for the World Cup qualifiers.

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The squad may however be reduced to 26 by the UEFA deadline of June 1 just 10 days ahead of the Euros commencing on June 11.

Southgate has also included injury doubts such as Harry Maguire, Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson ahead of the final team announcement on June 1, by which time he will have to let go off seven players.

The England manager also handed maiden call-ups to Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White, Everton centre-back Ben Godfrey, West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and Sheffield United custodian Aaron Ramsdale.

Three teenaged talents – Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, Manchester United's Mason Greenwood and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka – have been named in the squad, too.

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is missing, so are the injured Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, Tottenham's Eric Dier and Southampton forward Danny Ings.

Southgate admitted that dropping Dier was not an easy call to make but the Spurs defender's season had not been satisfactory enough to merit a place in the squad.

Southgate also defended his decision to have four right-backs saying,

“People feel I have an obsession with right-backs. I just see four good footballers.”
“Kieran Trippier can play right-back or left-back, Trent can play right-back, wing-back, I think he can play in midfield. In the last few days I’ve seen Reece James play right of a three, at wing-back, in the middle of midfield.”

Southgate also assured watchers of the game that talismanic striker and double Golden Boot winner Harry Kane's future with Tottenham Hotspurs will not distract the striker in anyway.

Southgate will have to wait for the Europa League and Champions League finals to take place this week before whittling down his selection to 26 before the June 1 deadline, with several English players set to be involved in this week's two major European contests.

Provisional England squad

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell, Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben White (Brighton), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), John Stones, Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United)

Forwards: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden (Manchster City) Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins, (Aston Villa), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

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