Euro 2020: UEFA confirms its teams of 26 players will be enlarged for the tournament

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Euro 2020: UEFA confirms its teams of 26 players will be enlarged for the tournament


UEFA has confirmed the expansion of the squads from 23 to 26 in the delayed European Championship this summer.

The UEFA executive committee approved this rule change on Tuesday, explaining that it was a gesture “to ensure the smooth running and continuity of the competition in light of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Despite the presence of additional players, the roster for the day will remain limited to 23 players, while it was previously confirmed that five substitutes per team will be allowed in each match.

The deadline for nominating teams is June 1, but teams will be able to replace players in the event of serious injury or illness, which will include reporting close contact with someone with coronavirus, until their first. tournament match.

There is even more leeway in the selection of goalkeepers, who can be replaced throughout the tournament in the event of serious injury or illness.

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The deadline for submitting teams is June 1

However, “to ensure the integrity of the competition”, once a player has been replaced, he cannot be readmitted.

England are set to name a provisional squad before the official deadline, with their first warm-up game – against Austria – scheduled for June 2, before another friendly against Romania four days later.

Gareth Southgate’s side begin their campaign against Croatia at Wembley on June 13.

Clarke: Lots to think about after the expansion



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Scotland boss Steve Clarke admits he had already ‘nailed’ 23 players for Euro 2020 before UEFA increased squad sizes to 26.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke admitted last week that the expansion of the Euro 2020 squad had given him “a lot of food for thought” after he “more or less” picked a squad of 23 players.

“I had more or less nailed the 23rd in my head, so it gave me a lot more to think about,” Clarke said. Sky Sports News.

“Obviously that will make the job more difficult when you are there because you leave players who will not be involved in the games, but it is a chance for some players who could have missed being in the squad. and experience all the atmosphere of a big tournament, which will be good. ”

Neville and Carra name their Euro 2020 teams in England

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have named their 23-man England squads for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.



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After much debate and deliberation, Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville discuss who they would include and depart for England at the European Championships this summer.

Nether Carragher nor Neville have not found a place for Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka or Jesse Lingard in their selections.

And the pair clashed on team form, with Carragher selecting more defenders than Neville despite former Manchester United full-back including Eric Dier.

Carragher and Neville were also divided over whether James Ward-Prowse or Jude Bellingham should make the squad, and divided over the inclusion of Mason Greenwood.

Choose your England team for Euro 2020

Who do you think should be in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the tournament? Choose your team and share your selection.

Jesse Lingard in action for England against San Marino
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Jesse Lingard has been in good shape since joining West Ham on loan from Manchester United

The 12-month postponement of the tournament has given some England players a chance to impress Southgate, with players like Jesse Lingard, Ollie Watkins and Jude Bellingham claiming a spot on the squad.

But who should make the cut?

The odds: who makes the Euro 2020 team?

Sky Bet has refreshed its market to accommodate the rule change for the 26-man squad. Which players are supported to achieve this? Sky Bet also said all bets already placed in its previous 23-player market will stand.

England group schedule for Euro 2020:

  • Sunday June 13 – Group D: England vs Croatia; Kick-off at 2 p.m. (London)
  • Friday June 18 – Group D: England vs Scotland; Kick-off 8 p.m. (London)
  • Tuesday 22 June – Group D: Czech Republic vs England; Kick-off 8 p.m. (London)

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