Then There Were 33 - England Name Provisional Euros Squad

Last updated : 25 May 2021 By Three Lions

Gareth Southgate has made his initial choice of the players who will be part of his Euro 2020 squad, a provisional group of 33 being named on Tuesday which will be cut to 26 on 1 June.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is among the squad, despite speculation that the Liverpool defender would be left out, but may yet miss the tournament given the competition for places at right-back.

Goalkeepers Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale are in contention for one position after Nick Pope of Burnley was ruled out through injury.

Both custodians are uncapped and are joined in the 33 by Ben White of Brighton and Everton's Ben Godfrey, similarly yet to pull on the senior Three Lions shirt.

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Left out of the provisional squad are James Maddison of Leicester and Eric Dier, the Tottenham man perhaps destined now not to add to his 45 caps having been one of Southgate's mainstays throughout his reign as manager.

"It wasn't an easy conversation," said the England manager of his decision to drop Dier.

"But he is an outstanding professional and took the news in a professional way."

With a large number of his players due to feature in Uefa finals this week, Southgate moved away from naming his final squad on Tuesday, admitting 'we have not got an ideal hand of cards.'