Jesse Lingard left out as Gareth Southgate names England squad for Euro 2020

Ward-Prowse, Watkins and injured Greenwood among seven players also trimmed from provisional pool

England manager Gareth Southgate has picked his final squad for this summer's Euro 2020 finals.

Despite reports to the contrary on Tuesday morning, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named in the 26-man squad, trimmed from the provisional list of 33.

He is one of four right-backs named by Southgate along with Chelsea's Reece James, Kieran Trippier of La Liga champions Atletico Madrid and Manchester City's Kyle Walker.

Jesse Lingard, who is back with Manchester United after a successful loan spell at West Ham, leads the list of seven players that have been cut from the squad.

The others to miss out are Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins and the injured Mason Greenwood.

It was announced earlier in the day that United forward Greenwood would not be taking part in this summer's tournament due to an unspecified problem.

"I think every squad [selection] is difficult because we have a lot of talented players in this country," Southgate said.

"The most difficult thing [this time] is not being able to take players who have been with us in previous matches and are such good professionals so I know what a disappointment it is for them, at the moment, not to be going to a major championship.

"We still have two friendlies and there have been plenty of examples over the years where there have been injuries that have ruled people out so there's still time for those guys, even though they're not in at this moment in time."

Southgate admitted the biggest hinderance to his plans have been injury concerns. He added: "The most complex part has been those injuries and whether we should take the chance on people – players like Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire not being quite where they normally are.

"With the experience that they have, we think we can get them to a point where they have an involvement in the tournament and it's worth taking them – especially as we have an extended squad of 26."

Southgate also insisted that there won't be any "tourists" in his squad. "The experienced players are the ones that know how to win and have been in tournaments before and driven the team," he said.

"You need that balance. There are the young players that come in and give it energy – we're not taking any tourists here, we've got a squad which every one of whom is ready to play and contribute.

"That's really important because over the next nine matches we hope to be involved in, we're going to need everybody. That experience in the positional mix is really important."

Published: June 1, 2021 08:55 PM


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