Gareth Southgate has confirmed England’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020 on the eve of the Three Lions’ first pre-tournament friendly against Austria.
In a surprise move, Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included alongside Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier in a four-man right-back collective.
The Liverpool wonderkid’s presence is sweet news to thousands of Dream Team Euros gaffers as he’s the 12th-most popular defender in the game at the time of the announcement with an ownership of 8.9%.
Whether he’ll actually spend much time on the pitch remains to be seen…
ENGLAND’S 26-MAN EURO 2020 SQUAD
- Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone
- Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, Ben Chilwell
- Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Jude Bellingham
- Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
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Maguire, Henderson and Phillips have all been included despite injury concerns.
Man United’s captain missed the Europa League final and the full extent of his ankle ligament issue is being kept relatively secret.
This is another big concern for Dream Team Euros bosses as Maguire is the fifth-most popular defender at the time of writing.
Those backing England to keep clean sheets may be wise to pivot to John Stones who is the same price (£4.0m) and is a guaranteed starter for the Three Lions’ opener against Croatia.
Leeds United’s homegrown hero suffered a shoulder injury in the dying minutes of the final Premier League action of the season but seems to have avoided serious damage.
Whereas Liverpool’s skipper hasn’t played in any fixture since February because of a groin strain but, like Phillips, he has participated in both training sessions at Rockliffe Hall this week.
Mason Greenwood was withdrawn from the squad before the announcement with an underlying injury concern.
Ollie Watkins, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard and Aaron Ramsdale are the unlucky players to miss out alongside the Man United youngster.