Final Weekend To Impress England Boss

Last updated : 13 March 2021 By Three Lions

Gareth Southgate will run the rule over this weekend's Premier League fixtures ahead of his squad announcement on Thursday for a trio of World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month against San Marino, Albania and Poland.

In such an unsual season, the matches are not only important in their own right, with crucial points on offer, but also act as the final preparations before the squad that will contest the delayed Euro 2020 is named.

Add to that the toll of such an intense campaign at club level and it means even more than the usual balancing act for the England manager.

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The first hint at who might be in the senior squad will come on Monday when Aidy Boothroyd names his squad for the first part of the European Under-21 Championships.

England will be among the sixteen nations playing their three group games in Hungary and Slovenia at the end of March, the Three Lions based in Slovenia for their matches against Switzerland (in Koper on Thursday 25th), Portugal (Ljubljana, Sunday 28th) and Croatia (Koper, Wednesday 31st).

Finish in the top two in their group and Boothroyd's side will then return to the tournament for the knockout stages in late May/early June, meaning it will be completed before the start of the senior Euros.