Trent Alexander-Arnold has been called up for England’s European Championship squad while Jesse Lingard is among those to have missed out, with Gareth Southgate whittling his selection down from the 33 man provisional squad to 26.
There were always going to be seven men left disappointed and, after Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood withdrew through injury, final decisions have now been made.
Lingard misses out despite an impressive half-season on loan at West Ham, while James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Mason Greenwood, Ben Godfrey, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale have also not been selected.
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England’s 26-man squad in full
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Man Utd), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders: John Stones (Man City), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Man City), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Who has missed out?
Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold was a notable absentee from the England squad during the March international break, when 2022 World Cup qualification got underway.
He was included in Southgate’s preliminary plans this time around however, and after much speculation, has made it to this summer’s tournament, where he will wear No. 22.
Lingard has missed the cut, though, with a productive loan spell at London Stadium not enough to keep him in contention.
The Manchester United playmaker, who could be on the move again this summer, formed part of a memorable run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals but will not be at this year’s event.
His Old Trafford colleague Greenwood announced prior to Southgate’s final reveal that he would not be figuring at the Euros as he seeks to “fully recover from an underlying injury.”
Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse has also been given bad news, preventing him from adding to his six caps, while Sheffield United No 1 Ramsdale has failed to secure one of the three goalkeeper spots.
Aston Villa striker Watkins, who scored on his Three Lions debut earlier this year in a 2022 World Cup qualifier against San Marino, is absent despite an impressive season at Villa Park.
White and Godfrey complete the list of those to have been trimmed by Southgate, but time is on the side of the promising Brighton and Everton defenders when it comes to earning senior international recognition.
Who do England play this month?
The tournament was delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will begin on 11 June, with the final taking place at Wembley Stadium on 11 July.
Southgate will get the chance to assess his picks in two friendlies, against Austria on Wednesday and Romania on Sunday. Both matches take place at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.
Southgate said Lingard, Ward-Prowse and Watkins were given the option to go home after missing out on the final squad but chose to remain for this week’s friendlies.
He added that White, Godfrey and Ramsdale knew beforehand they were part of the provisional squad in order to gain experience.
The Three Lions begin their Euros campaign against Croatia on 13 June, followed by a huge match against rivals Scotland on 18 June, rounding off Group D against the Czech Republic on 22 June.
All of England’s group games will take place at Wembley Stadium. They’ll also have the chance to play a last-16 tie at home if they win their group, with both semi-finals and the final also being held at Wembley.
Source: Goal and BBC