Sports Desk, Jun 1 (EFE).- England national team coach Gareth Southgate presented Tuesday his final 26-man squad for the Euro 2020 tournament.
To get down to 26, he had to drop seven players from the preliminary roster he revealed on May 25.
One player, Man United’s Mason Greenwood, took himself out of contention for a spot, citing the need to recover from injury, while Southgate decided to cut Jesse Lingard, Ben Godfrey, Aaron Ramsdale, Ollie Watkins, James Ward-Prowse and Ben White.
With the exception of Greenwood, the players left off the final roster will remain at the England camp for the rest of the week and Southgate said that Lingard could see action in Wednesday’s friendly against Austria in Middlesbrough.
The coach preferred to wait until after last week’s finals of the Champions League, won by Chelsea at the expense of Manchester City, and the Europa League, in which Villarreal defeated Manchester United, before making his final selection for the European Championship, postponed a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The roster includes Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was left out of Southgate’s last squad but had a strong end to the Premier League season, and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, currently recovering from an injury.
The Three Lions, whose most recent international triumph was their lone World Cup championship in 1966, start their quest for the Euro 2020 title on June 13 against Croatia in Group D, which also features the Czech Republic and Scotland.
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) and 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) and Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) and Declan Rice (West Ham United)
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Dortmund) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City). EFE