Gareth Southgate to name expanded provisional England squad for Euro 2020
England manager Gareth Southgate will name his provisional squad for Euro 2020 on Tuesday (PA Wire)

On Tuesday afternoon, Gareth Southgate will announce an expanded provisional England team for Euro 2020.

According to the PA news agency, England’s coach will choose a larger-than-expected squad at 1 p.m., which will be whittled down to the final 26 on June 1.

The decision was made in light of current fitness tests as well as the large number of players expected to compete in the Champions League and Europa League finals later this week.

Southgate, who will address the media at 2 p.m., has a number of important changes to make as he prepares to name his squad.

Southgate faces a range of difficult decisions, ranging from the number of squad members to pick and coping with the absence of others during preparations, to the much-discussed right-back dilemma and his injured players.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was a surprise absentee from Southgate’s World Cup qualification triple-header in March, with Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, and Reece James replacing him.

Jordan Henderson is causing yet another headache. He hasn’t played since groin surgery in February, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims the injury won’t hold him out of the Euros.

After suffering ankle ligament injury, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is expected to miss Wednesday’s Europa League final against Villarreal, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish played his first full match after suffering a shin injury in February in the season finale against Chelsea on Sunday.

With England’s 26-man squad to be named by the UEFA deadline of June 1, Southgate can decide to take a chance on some of those whose fitness is in doubt.

The move to increase squad sizes from 23, as well as the addition of five substitutes per game this summer, is intended to better balance team workload at the end of a demanding season, but Southgate was not a fan of the idea in March.

“I know there’s some discussion about perhaps an extended number in the squad,” the England manager said. “I’m not certain I’m behind that.

“I know Covid could play a part but I think there’s a skill to picking 23.

“It means you’ve got to make good decisions and important decisions and I think some of that can be lost as you get an extended group.

“So, yeah, let’s see how that develops but I’m not 100 per cent for it, I’d have to say.”

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