Countdown to Euro 2020: 18 days to go
Euro 2020 is just a matter of weeks from getting underway on 11 June and Gareth Southgate will announce England’s 26-man squad tomorrow afternoon at St George’s Park.
The final round of Premier League fixtures added yet more uncertainty for the Three Lions, with Kalvin Phillips suffering a “devastating” shoulder injury during Leeds’ victory against West Brom, while Burnley confirmed goalkeeper Nick Pope will undergo surgery on his knee. Questions remain over the inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold, too, with England yet to show any inclination that the full-back will be picked, despite a resurgence in his form at Liverpool. Meanwhile, the Champions League and Europa League finals this week could yet raise more injury concerns.
Favourites France have already confirmed their squad, with Karim Benzema receiving a shock call-up for the first time since 2015. Meanwhile, after the turmoil that overshadowed their 2018 World Cup campaign, Spain are set to announce their squad today. World No 1 ranked side Belgium have also already confirmed their squad, with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku all included. Depending champions Portugal will name their squad this week, as will Italy. Follow all the latest news below:
The Independent’s predicted England squad
Ahead of Gareth Southgate’s squad announcement on Tuesday, The Independent has picked 26 players we think will be selected for Euro 2020. Starting with the goalkeepers…
Jordan Pickford (Everton): Southgate’s number one in Russia, Pickford has struggled at times since his World Cup heroics but remains a key part of Southgate’s set-up.
Dean Henderson (Manchester United): One of those to benefit from the postponement of the Euros last summer, Henderson made his England debut in November and featured 13 times for United in the Premier League this season.
Sam Johnstone (West Brom): Called up to the national side for the first time in March following an injury to Pickford, Johnstone is set to benefit from the injury to Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. Expected to be a back-up option after an impressive season in goals for relegated West Brom.
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 14:47
Harry Maguire expected to be fit for Euros
England and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is expected to be fit for Euro 2020, according to Sky Sports News.
The 28-year-old was on crutches following the injury and was ruled out of United’s final four fixtures of the Premier League season.
Reports suggest that Southgate will include Maguire in his 26-man squad on Tuesday, however, with the centre-back expected to step up his rehabilitation this week.
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 14:32
Austria announce final 26-man Euro squad
Austria have finalised their 26-man squad for the Euros, with David Alaba leading a group that is dominated by Bundesliga players. All but five of the squad play their football in Germany, including Red Bull Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer.
Former Stoke City and West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic, who now plays in China, is also involved.
Head coach Franco Foda had named a provisional 30-man squad last Wednesday but has cut four players from that list. Austria are in Group C along with Netherlands, Ukraine and North Macedonia, while the side play England in a warm-up friendly on 2 June.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Bachmann (Watford), Pavao Pervan (VfL Wolfsburg), Alexander Schlager (Lask)
Defenders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Aleksandar Dragovic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Marco Friedl (SV Werder Bremen), Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt), Stefan Lainer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Philipp Lienhart (SC Freiburg), Stefan Posch (Hoffenheim), Christopher Trimmel (Union Berlin ), Andreas Ulmer (FC Red Bull Salzburg)
Midfielders: Julian Baumgartlinger (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Christoph Baumgartner (Hoffenheim), Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim), Stefan Ilsanker (Eintracht Frankfurt), Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig), Valentino Lazaro (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig), Louis Schaub (FC Luzern), Xaver Schlager (VfL Wolfsburg), Alessandro Schopf (FC Schalke 04)
Forwards: Marko Arnautovic (Shanghai Port), Michael Gregoritsch (FC Augsburg), Sasa Kalajdzic (VfB Stuttgart), Karim Onisiwo (Mainz)
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 14:26
Southgate talks up England’s Euro chances
Gareth Southgate has said England “should not be afraid” to dream of winning the Euros on home soil this summer.
England will play all three of their group matches at Wembley, which will host the tournament’s semi-finals and final.
“I said ahead of the World Cup in Russia we wanted the country to have pride in the team, and I think we achieved that,” Southgate said.
“Some of that is about results, and some of that is about the way the team connect with the fans. Now of course if you don’t win the matches then that pride isn’t there, that’s the reality.
“And of course now we’ve been to two semi-finals and we are as keen as everybody else to go further. So we understand expectations change, and we shouldn’t be afraid of saying we want to go and win.”
He added: “We have to allow everybody to dream, we want to dream ourselves. But we’ve got to make sure we won’t just win because we’re at home, we won’t just win because we’re an exciting team. We’ve got to get all the parts right, and that’s got to be our aim.”
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 13:56
Ramos: ‘I’ll be another fan cheering on from home’
Sergio Ramos has spoken out on the “pain” of missing out on Euro 2020 due to injury.
The Spain and Real Madrid captain was left out of Luis Enrique’s squad earlier today following an injury-hit campaign.
“After a tough few months and a strange season unlike anything I have experienced in my career comes the Euros,” Ramos said on Twitter.
“I have fought and worked every day, in body and soul, to be able to reach 100 per cent for Real Madrid and the national team but things don’t always work out the way we’d like.
“It pains me not to have been able to help my team more and not to play for Spain but, in this case, the best thing to do is rest, fully recover and come back next year like we’ve always done. It hurts not to represent your country, but I have to be honest and sincere.”
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 13:43
Report: No Sergio Ramos in Spain’s Euro squad
Here’s the full story on today’s big news that Spain captain Sergio Ramos has been left out of his country’s squad for Euro 2020.
Spain manager Luis Enrique named a 24-man group this morning, including Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, but did not select a single player from Real Madrid.
The 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners play Sweden, Poland and Slovakia in Group E. You can view their full fixture list, here.
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 13:01
ITV announce Euro 2020 line-up
Gary Neville and Roy Keane will lead ITV’s punditry line-up for Euro 2020, with Chelsea manager Emma Hayes and France World Cup winner Patrick Viera also involved.
ITV line-up: Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Patrick Vieira, Graeme Souness, Ashley Cole, Eni Aluko, Robert Earnshaw, Emma Hayes, Nigel de Jong, John Collins, Joe Ledley, Nadia Nadim, Scott Brown, Andros Townsend.
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 12:44
Who should England pick at right back?
Mark has also been analysing England’s right-back contenders, in what is set to be hottest point of contention ahead of tomorrow’s squad announcement.
It’s arguably England’s deepest position and with Gareth Southgate expected to name three right backs in his 26-man squad, The Independent has broken down the performances of the four main contenders to be England’s first-choice.
The result is a selection that we believe offers Southgate a best mix of abilities and attributes, but whether the England manager agrees remains to be seen.
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 12:34
Key England questions ahead of Euro 2020
The Independent’s England reporter Mark Critchley recently answered readers’ key questions on what to expect from tomorrow’s squad announcement, including on whether there could be a place for the in-form Joe Willock.
“By now, I think Southgate knows who he’s picking. He’s said that he’s known the majority of the squad since November to be fair, and even though those names have chopped and changed somewhat since then, the chances of any late surprises are slim if you ask me.
“Willock’s in great form and it would be a good story if he broke in but his performances have probably come too late for him to prove that it is anything more than a hot streak. Someone like Jesse Lingard is quite interesting, as he came back in March after a similar streak but has tailed off slightly since then.”
You can read the full Q+A with Mark, here.
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 12:17
Leeds United provide positive Kalvin Phillips update
Leeds are “confident” Kalvin Phillips will recover from his shoulder injury in time for Euro 2020, if he is selected by Gareth Southgate tomorrow.
The club said: “Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips picked up a shoulder injury in the closing stages of Sunday’s Premier League fixture with West Bromwich Albion.
“This is currently being treated conservatively, however, we remain confident he will be available for Euro 2020, if selected for the England squad.”
Jamie Braidwood24 May 2021 12:07