England Euro 2020 squad announcement LIVE: Gareth Southgate's 26-man selection delayed

England manager Gareth Southgate is aiming to strike the right balance between experience, quality and grit in his squad as the Three Lions ...

England manager Gareth Southgate is aiming to strike the right balance between experience, quality and grit in his squad as the Three Lions prepare to kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia next Sunday


There can be no more deliberations.

33 must be whittled down to 26 as Gareth Southgate prepares to confirm his final squad for this summer's European Championship.

One man definitely out is Mason Greenwood, pulled out by Manchester United due to injury.

The latest indications are that Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss out, with Southgate preferring Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier at right-back.

There are also key decisions to be made in central midfield and attack, with Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse and Aston Villa ace Ollie Watkins among those whose places appear to be under threat.

Southgate is aiming to strike the right balance between experience, quality and grit in the squad, and it will soon become clear whether he has achieved his goal.

The Three Lions will be put through their paces in friendlies against Austria on Wednesday and Romania on Sunday before they begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia the following weekend.

The squad was due to be confirmed at 2pm, but has been delayed until 5pm - with Southgate and Harry Kane to face the press an hour later.

Stay tuned to Mirror Football for live coverage of the squad unveiling.  

Alexander-Arnold makes the cut

The big news is that Alexander-Arnold is going to Euro 2020.

Along with an injured Greenwood, the six players from the provisional 33-man squad to miss out are Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Ben White, Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins.


IT'S COMING HOME

It's here! Southgate's final 26-man squad, in all its glory!

Five minutes to go

Can you hear that? It's the sound of nails being bitten.

Henry makes England assessment

Thierry Henry has named his frontrunners to win Euro 2020, with England among the contenders.

While talking up France's attacking options, he admitted that he has been impressed by Southgate's side. "You have Portugal, they are European champions, you have to consider them, Spain are coming back with a young team and then England," he said.

"You guys have a good team, I always thought in the past, in the teams of Rio Ferdinand... the teams were good and I thought they could have won it.

"They had the team but something was missing and that team has a chance. It's the quality. You don't have a lot of people with experience in big tournaments, but it didn't really matter in Russia.

"Some players will be in the tournament without experience, but sometimes when you are young, you have that don't-care attitude. But to win a big tournament, you need a top goalkeeper. Don't ever forget that."

(Image: X03807)

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Want to have your say on Southgate's selection process? Tell us who deserves to go to Euro 2020 and who should miss out.

Footage of England in training

Alexander-Arnold was heavily involved in today's session. Should we read anything into that? Probably not!

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TRIPPIER AND ALEXANDER-ARNOLD TRAIN WITH ENGLAND

Under an hour to go

... and the tension is building.

With Greenwood already ruled out, six players will be cut from the squad this afternoon. It's a cruel business, football.

Sancho misses last training session ahead of Austria friendly

England have confirmed that Jadon Sancho missed the squad's last training session ahead of their friendly against Austria on Wednesday evening with "a mild throat infection".

It's unclear whether or not he'll be well enough to feature, though Southgate may well clarify the situation later.


Clarke ramping up England preparations

Steve Clarke says he has chosen his side's upcoming friendlies based on their Group D opponents.

Scotland face the Netherlands on Wednesday and Luxembourg on Sunday, and Clarke believes his side's clash with the Oranje will be good preparation for their Wembley encounter with England on 18 June.

Clarke said:

We wanted one game that would challenge us. The Dutch style is similar to the way England play and a little bit similar to Croatia. It should be a good work out for us.

(Image: Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith)

A reminder of today's timings

Good afternoon to you if you're just tuning in.

We're just a couple of hours away from learning who is in Gareth Southgate's final 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

The squad will be unveiled at 5pm before the England manager addresses the press at 6pm.

Not long to go.

England's potential last-16 opponents

Contrary to what we might expect, England may have an easier last-16 match-up, on paper at least, if they do not win Group D.

If they finish as runner-up, the Three Lions will face the team which finishes second in Group E, which will be one of Spain, Sweden, Poland or Slovakia.

Whereas if they win Group D, the Group F runners-up - one of Germany, France, Portugal or Hungary - lie in wait.

There are a whole host of outcomes if England qualify for the knock-out stage as one of the four best third-place teams.

Among the likeliest outcomes is the Three Lions facing the winner of Group C - contested between Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia.

News from the Scotland camp

Scotland have confirmed John Fleck has tested positive for coronavirus while in Spain with the squad.

The Sheffield United midfielder has been ruled out of Wednesday's friendly with Portugal and will now self-isolate at Scotland's base.

A Scottish FA spokesperson said:

The rest of the squad was retested for Covid-19 and returned negative results today.

(Image: PA)

An update on De Bruyne

Roberto Martinez remains hopeful Kevin De Bruyne can still play some part in Belgium's Euro 2020 campaign despite suffering a double fracture to his face.

The Manchester City midfielder was forced off in tears after an hour of the Champions League final defeat against Chelsea on Saturday after a clash with Antonio Rudiger.

It was confirmed on Sunday that De Bruyne had sustained an acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture in the collision, and Martinez admitted Belgium were fortunate he would not require an operation to fix the damage. However, he does now face a race to be fit for Belgium's opening fixture against Russia on June 12.

(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

England's upcoming fixtures

Here are the dates for your diary.

Gareth Southgate will put his players through their paces in friendlies against Austria and Romania on Wednesday and Sunday respectively.

One week later, the Three Lions will emerge from the Wembley tunnel for their first group-stage game - what a moment that will be - against 2018 World Cup-finalists Croatia.

England's next task is against Scotland on 18 June, before they wrap up their Group D campaign against the Czech Republic on the 22nd.

(Image: UEFA via Getty Images)

Lingard set to miss out

One man who is set to miss out on the 26-man squad is Manchester United playmaker Jesse Lingard.

The 28-year-old was hugely impressive throughout the season half of the Premier League season with nine goals and five assists while on loan at West Ham.

This saw Lingard force his way back into Southgate's squad for March's World Cup qualifiers, ending a near-two-year hiatus from Three Lions contention.

Lingard was also named in the preliminary squad for the Euros, but is set to miss out as Southgate cuts his selections from 33 players to 26 on Tuesday, according to The Athletic.

(Image: CameraSport via Getty Images)

Man Utd statement on Greenwood injury

Manchester United say it would "not be beneficial" for Mason Greenwood to take part in the Euros due to a pre-existing injury. A statement on the club's website reads:

Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from the provisional England Euro 2020 squad, in order to recover fully from an underlying injury that also kept him out of the Under-21 European Championship in March.

Mason’s club appearances were managed carefully to maintain his availability through the intensive 2020/21 Premier League and Europa League schedules.

But a further spell of tournament football would not be beneficial and Mason will remain at Manchester United to recuperate and prepare for pre-season training.

(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

Announcement delayed

We'd been hoping to hear from Gareth Southgate at 2pm following the announcement of the squad at lunchtime.

But the England boss' press conference has been shifted back to this evening at 6pm, with the squad to be unveiled one hour earlier.

Don't fret, however, as Mirror Football will be bringing you the latest updates as they arrive throughout the day.

CONFIRMED: Greenwood OUT

So just confirmed by Manchester United and England this past hour - Mason Greenwood will not play at the Euros this summer.

The teenager - who has one Three Lions cap - misses out due to injury.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Mason Greenwood of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on May 11, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

WELCOME FOLKS

Here. We. Go.

After naming a provisional 33-man squad last week, it's decision time for Gareth Southgate.

The England boss must finalise his 26-man squad for the European Championships ahead of the event of the summer.

One man definitely missing - probably making the England manager's decision easier in truth - is Mason Greenwood.

Manchester United have pulled their 19 year old striker due to injury; many had tipped him to be a wild card for the Three Lions this summer.

There are notable choices to be made elsewhere - notably over injured duo Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire. All indications point towards both being included.

Perhaps the biggest controversy will be at right-back. Currently there are four: Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Four is expected to become three, with one of James or TAA expected to miss out.

We'll have all the latest news, updates and conjecture right here, and will then bring you Southgate's press conference after the announcement.

So get settled and stick with us right here on Mirror Football.

Gareth Southgate has made the tough decisions over his England squad (Image: Getty Images)



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