England team for Euro 2021: when will Gareth Southgate announce his squad?
A year after its original date, the European Championships will finally take place in June.
England will begin their Euro 2021 campaign with a 2018 World Cup semi-final rematch against Croatia at Wembley on June 13.
There is a lot of football to be played by the end of the season, with injuries still likely to play a part in the final selection.
When will the England squad be announced?
Gareth Southgate will name his team on May 25, the Tuesday following the end of the Premier League season.
What is the deadline for the team announcement?
England don’t have to name their squad so soon, however. The deadline for the UEFA team is 10 days before the start of the tournament on 1 June.
How many players can Southgate select?
UEFA has agreed to allow teams to choose a 26-player squad, three players taller than usual, due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Southgate opposed the decision but Sport Telegraph was told he would select 26 players so as not to put England at a disadvantage.
Who is likely to be chosen by Gareth Southgate?
Southgate has a huge range of options at its disposal. Mike McGrath chose his team on a weekly basis. In form, Jesse Lingard has now won in the 26, here’s why:
Another weekend where he made an irresistible record to go to the Euro. His first goal against Leicester showed just how confident he is at the moment. He wouldn’t have taken the flight for the first time a few months ago. Jude Bellingham, who really should have gone to the Under-21 Euro in Slovenia rather than playing a half-game against San Marino in the last break, could be the miss.
Bukayo Saka also gets the green light:
Took a thigh hit after a decent performance at Sheffield United. England players felt it was important for him to join the squad for a few days before returning to Arsenal for treatment. It showed he was part of Southgate’s plans and wanted in team meetings when he had no chance to play. His versatility will be important because he can play from back to front. At Bramall Lane he played No.10.
But Leicester winger Harvey Barnes has been ruled out for the season as his slim hopes of beating the England squad for the European Championships have also come to an end.
Who is likely to get the three additional places?
Trent Alexander-Arnold could be the main beneficiary after being controversially dropped for England’s final games in March. Southgate can also give some youngsters the experience of being around camp at tournament time, such as Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham. Or he could go for an uncapped wildcard like Patrick Bamford or even offer a reprieve to recent “Covidiot” James Maddison.