Euro 2020 squads expanded from 23 to 26
The delayed Euro 2020 tournament if of course finally set to take place this summer.
The competition will begin in June and hands the majority of players very little rest following what has been a jampacked club schedule.
To help combat this, UEFA recently confirmed that the squads at this summer’s Euros would be expanded to 26 players, three more than the usual 23-man sides.
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Bamford or Smith Rowe for England?
This squad expansion could stand to benefit several English players this summer.
Whilst areas such as centre-back and goalkeeper are not overly strong points for the Three Lions, they do have several positions bursting with options.
The majority of these being at the top end of the pitch, or at right-back.
And now, The Times have provided some insight into some of the English players who could stand to benefit from the expanded squad sizes.
The Times report that Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe and Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford could be considered by Southgate this summer as a ‘wild card’ option.
Bamford is of course enjoying by far and away his best-ever stint in the Premier League, notching 14 goals and eight assists in 34 outings this term, whilst ESR has been one of Arsenal’s best creative options this campaign.
The Times add that Southgate could also use the extra space to give another chance to a player who has fallen out of favour, such as Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
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