England squad announced for Euro 2020 as Gareth Southgate picks 33-man team

Gareth Southgate has named his initial 33-man England squad for this summer’s European Championships. Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included in a bolstered squad which will be cut back before the tournament kicks off on June 11.

Alexander-Arnold is included in the squad alongside fellow right-backs Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James and will now have the chance to prove himself in training over the coming weeks.

There are surprise inclusions for Everton defender Ben Godfrey and Brighton centre-back Ben White, while West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale are included as extra goalkeepers due to injury to Burnley’s Nick Pope.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire and Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips are all included despite injury concerns.

Henderson has been out of action since February 20 with a groin injury and there are doubts over his match fitness.

Maguire has missed Manchester United’s last four games with an ankle injury and is not expected to be fit for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Villarreal.

Phillips picked up a shoulder injury against West Brom on the weekend, but Leeds are confident he will be fit for the Euros.

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is also included after shaking off injury to play the full 90 minutes of his side’s 2-1 win over Chelsea on the weekend.

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Among those to miss out on selection are Leicester’s James Maddison, Tottenham’s Eric Dier, Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Southampton’s Danny Ings and Leeds’ Patrick Bamford.

Jesse Lingard is included following a strong second half of the season on loan at West Ham from Man United, while Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham all made the cut.

Southgate will hold a press conference at 2pm to explain his selections.

UEFA changed its rules for squad selection this year, with the governing body allowing squads of 26, rather than 23, to cover for any potential coronavirus-related issues.

Teams must confirm their final selections by UEFA’s deadline at midnight on June 1, which is 10 days before the tournament kicks off on June 11 with Turkey taking on Italy at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

England face Austria on June 2 and Romania on June 6 in tournament warm-ups at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

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Southgate’s side then get their tournament underway against Croatia at Wembley Stadium on June 13 before further Group D matches against Scotland and the Czech Republic on June 18 and 22 respectively.

Everton’s Godfrey is yet to pick up a senior cap but has made nine appearances for the Under-21s.

The 23-year-old made 31 appearances for Everton in the Premier League this season, impressing for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, despite their poor end to the campaign.

White is uncapped, but he has been a regular for Brighton this season, playing in 36 of their 38 Premier League games.

The 23-year-old has featured in central defence and holding midfield for the Seagulls this season and his versatility could be handy for England, who have injury concerns.

Chelsea’s James has won six caps for England since making his debut in the 3-0 win over Wales in October.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a strong campaign for Chelsea, making 46 appearances in all competitions, playing at right-back, right-wingback and right-centre-back for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

The full squad is below.

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Ben Godfrey, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Greenwood, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins

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