Alexander-Arnold and Greenwood in provisional 36-man England squad

Ben Godfrey and Ben White named but seven must be cut from Southgate’s final squad

Mason Greenwood has been named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 36-man England squad. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty/AFP

Mason Greenwood has been named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 36-man England squad. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty/AFP

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been given a chance to revive his international career after being named in England’s 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020, while Everton’s Ben Godfrey and Brighton’s Ben White have been called up by Gareth Southgate for the first time.

Alexander-Arnold, controversially dropped from England’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers in March, was included on Tuesday. However the Liverpool right-back still faces a fight to convince Southgate, who has delayed naming his final 26-man squad until June 1st, to take him to this summer’s tournament.

England’s manager has veered towards picking Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James over Alexander-Arnold, who finished the season strongly with Liverpool. Southgate will risk a public backlash if he omits the 22-year-old, who will have a chance to impress in training now.

The larger squad gives Alexander-Arnold an opportunity to earn a spot at the finals. England’s plans have been complicated by the involvement of English clubs in the Champions League and Europa League finals this week, and Southgate wants time to assess players who have been struggling with injuries.

England have concerns over a few key players before their opening game against Croatia at Wembley on June 13th. Harry Maguire is set to miss Manchester United’s Europa League final against Villarreal on Wednesday because of damaged ankle ligaments, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has just returned from a long-term groin injury, and Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips is a doubt after suffering a shoulder injury against West Brom on Sunday.

With Burnley’s Nick Pope out because of knee injury, Southgate has included four goalkeepers. West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale have been given a chance to battle for the third spot, with Dean Henderson and Jordan Pickford also included.

Southgate’s concerns over Maguire has seen him look at other options at centre-back. He has handed call-ups to White, who he said could also play in midfield, and Godfrey, leaving Eric Dier, Fikayo Tomori, Ezri Konsa and James Tarkowski disappointed.

There are also places further forward for Jesse Lingard, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Mason Greenwood and Ollie Watkins. James Maddison, Tammy Abraham and Danny Ings have been left out.

Southgate’s task now is to cut seven players. Ramsdale looks most vulnerable of the goalkeepers and Alexander-Arnold’s challenge is likely to be to prove that he is a better bet on the right side of defence than James, who has had a good season for Chelsea. Other defenders will be relying on Maguire failing to prove his fitness. It is doubtful that Godfrey and White will remain with the squad for the duration, though they will benefit from the experience.

With Lingard listed as a midfielder and potentially reliant on Henderson or Phillips failing to prove their match sharpness, it is likely to mean that Greenwood, Watkins and Saka are fighting over one spot in attack. Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho are expected to make the final cut.

“I think our situation is more complicated than any other country at the moment,” Southgate said. “We know we have 12 players still to play in finals this week. We knew would need additional players; added to that we have injuries at various stages.”

England are unlikely to field their strongest side in warm-up matches against Austria on June 2nd and Romania on June 6th in Middlesbrough because of Southgate’s desire to give players a week’s break after their club seasons.

After United’s game against Villarreal, the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City takes place in Porto on Saturday. The tight schedule means that United’s Henderson, Luke Shaw, Greenwood and Marcus Rashford will miss the Austria game, and players from City and Chelsea are doubtful for the visit from Romania. Southgate has Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling at City and James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount at Chelsea.

Provisional England squad

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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