In a fresh England Euro 2020 update, England coach Gareth Southgate will soon have his team ready. He will name a provisional extended squad ahead of Euro 2020, the Football Association (FA) said on Monday.
A tweet from the official England account said Southgate would announce the squad soon. He’ll publicize his list before speaking to the media at 1400 local time (1300 GMT) on Tuesday.
The FA themselves did not confirm the size of the England squad that Southgate is likely to name. However, various local media reports suggest that it could contain more than 30 players.
Southgate may have decided on a larger squad to allow time for key players to recover. Star players such as Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson will get to prove their fitness as they recover from injury.
It also factored in the number of England players involved in other competitions. Many players will be preoccupied with Wednesday’s Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal. Others will be playing Saturday’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Other nations, including the Netherlands and Italy, have also named extended squads that will then be whittled down.
From extended groups, coaches will shortlist 26 players ahead of the June 1 deadline. They will then submit these final squads to UEFA ahead of the June 11-July 11 tournament being held across Europe.
Some other countries, such as Spain, however, have not used the full allocation of 26 players available to them. They already announced their squad yesterday.
England faces Austria and Romania in friendlies in the first week of June, before their Euro 2020 Group D campaign starts with games against Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic.
England Euro 2020 Update – Marcus Rashford Is Hopeful
Marcus Rashford will be in the Euro 2020 squad. He joins Southgate’s team yet again this summer as England look to win the Euros for the first time.
And the Manchester United forward has learnt from playing with England in the 2018 World Cup.
Rashford was part of Gareth Southgate’s squad which made it to the final four in Russia. But they eventually fell to Croatia in the semis.
Their remarkable run to the semi-finals three years ago may now see England succeed at the European Championships this summer. Or so Rashford believes
“We’ve got a good chance,” Rashford told Men’s Health UK.
“A lot of it is down to self-belief,” he stated. “I was speaking to some of the players and I think the only thing that stopped us last time was entering that element of the unknown.”
“We’re definitely more prepared now,” he added, however. “If we go into a semi-final again, we will control it much better – 100 per cent. We’ll try and play our football. Last time it just turned into ‘attack, attack, attack’ and we stopped doing the basics.”
“I feel like we’ve learned from it and we’re a lot more capable of doing greater things now,” he concluded.