LONDON (REUTERS) – England coach Gareth Southgate will name an extended provisional squad ahead of Euro 2020, the FA said on Monday.
A tweet from England’s official account said Southgate would announce the squad before speaking to the media at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday 25 May.
The squad will then be reduced to 26 players before the June 1 deadline for the teams to be submitted to UEFA ahead of the June 11-July 11 tournament to be held across Europe.
While the FA has not confirmed the size of the squad Southgate is likely to name, various local media reports have suggested it may contain more than 30 players.
Southgate’s move is believed to be to give key players such as Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson every chance to prove their fitness as they recover from injury.
It also takes into account the number of English players involved in Wednesday’s Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal, as well as Saturday’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Other countries, including the Netherlands and Italy, have named extended squads which will later be scaled back, while others, like Spain, have not used their full allocation of 26 players at their disposal. .
England face Austria and Romania in friendlies in the first week of June, ahead of the start of their Euro 2020 Group D campaign with matches against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic.