June 7 2021 :This year’s European Championships are fast approaching, with a footballing feast awaiting fans across the continent – 12 months on from when it was supposed to take place. England have now named their squad for the tournament and Gareth Southgate’s side will be one of the favourites.
Euro 2020 was postponed last year due to Covid, but the tournament returns this summer with the same teams and nearly the same host cities – Seville and St Petersburg replacing Bilbao and Dublin.
England will take on Scotland in the group stages in what will be their first tournament clash since Euro 96. A mouth-watering prospect.
The tournament consists of 24 teams, split across six groups. The top 16 teams will progress to the knockout stages, with the top two in each group plus four best third-placed teams to go through. The competition then enters a traditional knockout format.
England have been drawn in the same group as Scotland, Croatia and the Czech Republic. The group of death looks to be Group F, containing Germany, France, Portugal and Hungary.
When is Euro 2021?
The 2020 tournament, which was postponed by a year due to the global pandemic, will now take place from June 11 to July 11, 2021.
Which teams have qualified?
Euro 2021 groups:
- Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
- Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
- Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia
- Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland
- Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
- Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary
How big will each squad be?
Expanded squads of 26 players – up from 23 – have been given the green light for this summer’s European Championship due to the possibility of players being forced to pull out at short notice due to failed Covid tests.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of four specialist right backs selected in England’s final 26-man squad for the European Championship, while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson were included after fitness concerns.
The seven players cut from the provisional 33-man squad named last week by England coach Gareth Southgate were strikers Mason Greenwood and Ollie Watkins, midfielders James Ward-Prowse and Jesse Lingard, defenders Ben White and Ben Godfrey, and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Alexander-Arnold was left out of the England squad for games in March but finished the Premier League season strongly and was picked in the enlarged group along with three other right backs _ Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Reece James.
All four have been chosen, though there is a chance Alexander-Arnold might be deployed as a midfielder given his vision and eye for goal. He has never played as a midfielder in his senior Liverpool career, though, only in its youth team.
Maguire missed the final five games of Manchester United’s season because of an ankle ligament injury while Henderson, Liverpool’s captain, hasn’t played since February due to a groin problem.
Greenwood withdrew from contention “in order to recover fully from an underlying injury,” his club, Manchester United, said.