Gareth Southgate has announced a provisional extended England squad for Euro 2020 next month.
The Three Lions manager has made the decision to name a larger provisional group before selecting his final 26 due to the number of players taking part in European finals this week.
There are around a dozen or so England players who could take to the field in either the Europa League final on Wednesday or the Champions League final on Saturday.
Manchester United face Villarreal at the Stadion Miejski in Poland for the Europa League final in midweek, while the Champions League final will pit Manchester City up against Chelsea this weekend in Portugal.
The decision also takes into account various injury concerns that Southgate will be monitoring closely, including that to Man Utd captain Harry Maguire and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, both included in the 33-man group.
England’s provisional squad
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), 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 (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Maguire has not featured for Man Utd since sustaining an ankle injury in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa at the start of this month, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his skipper in the club’s 26-man travelling squad to Gdansk for the Europa League final. Henderson meanwhile returned to Liverpool’s bench against Crystal Palace after three months out.
Southgate will now have an extra week to deliberate and mull over his selection process before he names his 26 on 1 June, UEFA’s deadline for squads to be formally submitted.
England have friendlies with Austria and Romania on 2 June and 6 respectively, before beginning their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia on 13 June.
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Among those called up, Ben White has also been handed a first introduction into the international fold. The Brighton defender initially excelled on loan at Leeds last season, helping Marcelo Bielsa’s side seal promotion, before playing a vital role for the Seagulls this campaign.
White, who fully embraced the “murderball” nuances of Bielsa’s press-and-possess doctrine last term, has been drafted in to remedy the potential fitness issues of Maguire, with the 23-year-old confident in possession and defensively competent.
The likes of Jesse Lingard, Bukayo Saka, Ollie Watkins, Ben Godfrey and Aaron Ramsdale have also been included, while Trent Alexander-Arnold has also made the initial 33. Debate around his inclusion will now rage on until the final announcement next week.