Gareth Southgate Names Provisional England Squad For Euro 2020
Gareth Southgate has named an expanded provisional England squad ahead of the Euro 2020 tournament.
With plenty of his players involved in European finals this week and a number of regulars facing a race against time to fit for the campaign, the Three Lions boss has opted to pick more than 30 players.
Southgate will then whittle his squad down to 26 by the 1 June deadline before England play friendlies against Austria and Romania at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on 2 June and 6 June respectively.
With England sweating over the fitness of Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire, Brighton defender Ben White has been handed a first call-up.
The 23-year-old had an impressive first season in the Premier League in 2020/21, playing 36 games and showing a level of versatility that has caught Southgate’s eye.
The former Leeds United loanee can play in a back three, as a right-back or even as a defensive midfielder if necessary. White has never been capped by England at any level and goes straight into the first-team fold.
Maguire, Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips and Nick Pope have all made the cut despite being injured at the time of the announcement.
Southgate will explain his selections to the media at 2pm. England kick off their Euros campaign against Croatia on June 13, before a tasty clash with Scotland at Wembley five days later.
Their final Group D fixture comes against Czech Republic on 22 June.