Reece James and Bukayo Saka have been named in England’s 33-man provisional squad for next month’s European Championship with the most notable inclusion the return of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold
Gareth Southgate has included seven players from London’s Premier League clubs, although there is no place for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier.
The manager will trim the group to 26 players by June 1, UEFA’s deadline for final squads to be submitted.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been named among 10 forwards on the extended list.
The Chelsea trio of Reece James, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are included but Tammy Abraham is unsurprisingly omitted having barely featured under Thomas Tuchel.
Fikayo Tomori, who has stood out on loan at Milan, is not recalled with Southgate instead welcoming Everton’s Ben Godfrey and Brighton’s Ben White into the fold.
Captain Harry Kane is the only Spurs player involved with Dier dropped and no recalls for Harry Winks or Dele Alli.
West Ham’s Declan Rice will be joined by Jesse Lingard, whose fine form on loan from Manchester United is rewarded.
Southgate is set to discuss his decisions in a press conference at 2pm today, with much of the conversation set to be dominated by Alexander-Arnold and the right back dilemma.
The decision to name a provisional squad today was made due to a number of injury concerns to key players, including Manchester United centre back Harry Maguire, Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips. All three have been included.
England face Austria and Romania in warm-up games in Middlesbrough next week before beginning their Group D campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday June 13. They then take on Scotland on Friday 18 before facing Czech Republic on Tuesday 22.
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Source by Football London