Two centre-backs gets maiden call-ups as Southgate names provisional England squad

Date published: Tuesday 25th May 2021 1:09 - Matthew Briggs

Gareth Southgate names England provisional squad for Euro 2020 TEAMtalk

Ben White and Ben Godfrey have both been called up to England’s 33-man provisional  squad for Euro 2020, with Eric Dier missing out.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has joined Brighton’s White and Everton’s Godfrey with his first call up.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been included after missing out on the last squad for the World Cup qualifiers, among four right-backs in the squad.

Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker are the other right-backs. Bukayo Saka, Ollie Watkins and 17-year-old Jude Bellingham are among the others to get the nod.

Spurs’ Dier misses out, while Southampton striker Danny Ings and Leeds’ Patrick Bamford have not made the cut.

With the Three Lions dealing with issues such as injuries and European final absentees, the Football Association confirmed a larger provisional squad would be announced on Tuesday rather than the definitive squad.

Southgate has named a 33-man group that will be trimmed down to 26 players on June 1, allowing him to include injury doubts such as Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips.

There is a first senior call-up for Brighton centre-back White and Everton defender Godfrey, while Ramsdale joins uncapped Sam Johnstone in the squad as Nick Pope misses out through injury.

Manchester United teenager Mason Greenwood has been recalled for the first time since being sent home after his debut in Iceland.

33-man provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton). Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Godfrey (Everton), 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).

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Man Utd), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Mason Greenwood (Man Utd), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man Utd), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

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