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EURO 2020

England 26-man squad squad for Euro 2021: selected players, absences

England manager Gareth Southgate has no shortage of talent in his 26-man squad, with the Three Lions one of the clear favourites all the way at Euro 2020.

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - England Press Conference - St. George's Park, Burton upon Trent, Britain - June 10, 2021 England's Harry Kane poses after the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Kevin Quigley

England coach Gareth Soutgate has named his 26-man squad for Euro 2020, opting for a healthy mix of seasoned experience and young talent that will make the Three Lions one of the favorites for the tournament.

Harry Kane to lead the attacking line

World Cup 2018 Golden Boot winner Harry Kane (Tottenham) is the key man up front and will be an undeniable starter. Southgate is spoiled for choice when it comes attacking options, with the likes of Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, PFA Young Player of the Year Phil Foden (Manchester City), Aston Villas’s Jack Grealish, and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, all having made their case to join Kane up front.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) make up the rest of England coach’s attacking options.

Phil Foden in action for England.
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Phil Foden in action for England.OZAN KOSEAFP

17-year-old Bellingham set to make history

In midfield, Southgate has given a call-up to 17-year-old Jude Bellingham. The Borussia Dortmund youngster impressed in England’s warm-up friendly against Romania last week, and looks set to see some action during the Euro 2020 campaign. If he does, he will become the youngest player ever to make an appearance in the competition.

Chelsea’s Champions League final hero Mason Mount, West Ham’s Declan Rice, Liverpool vetern Jordan Henderson and Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips are the other midfielders named in England’s midfield.

England's midfielder Jude Bellingham claps the fans after the international friendly football match between England and Romania.
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England's midfielder Jude Bellingham claps the fans after the international friendly football match between England and Romania.PAUL ELLISAFP

White drafted in to replace injured Alexander-Arnold

In defence, Brighton’s Ben White has been drafted in at the last minute to cover Trent Alexander Arnold after the Liverpool right back had to pull out of the squad due to injury.

Alexander Arnold is a huge loss for England, however Southgate has world-class cover in the right back position with Kieran Trippier of Altético Madrid and Chelsea’s Reece James.

There is no shortage of talent at left back either, with Luke Shaw (Manchester United) and Ben Chilwell (Chelsea). In the center of defence, the England boss has gone with a solid quartet comprising Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Conor Coady (Wolves) and John Stones (Manchester City).

England’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham)

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)