England manager Roy Hodgson has named a provisional 26-man squad for the Euro 2016 to be held in France next month.
Hodgson will use the games against Turkey and Australia to assess the squad ahead of submitting an official 23-man list to UEFA on 31 May, prior to the clash with Portugal at Wembley Stadium The bulk of the squad will report to St. George’s Park on Wednesday 18 May, though players from Manchester United and Liverpool will report later due to their respective involvement in the Emirates FA Cup and UEFA Europa League finals.
There was obviously some surprise inclusions with Jack Wilshere who has played just 152 minutes this season, Fabian Delph has had an awful season with Manchester city and Marcus Rashford is surprisingly included to prove himself after a stellar second half of the season with Manchester United. Everton duo of Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines are surprisingly dropped alongside Theo Walcott who has struggled to get into the Arsenal first team while Leicester city’s Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater makes the provisional 26-man squad.
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The Three Lions face Turkey at the Manchester City Stadium on Sunday 22 May before heading to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, where they take on Australia on Friday 29 May.Hodgson will then submit his final 23-man squad to UEFA, ahead of the final pre-tournament friendly against Portugal at Wembley on Thursday 2 June.Here is the list in full;
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, Tom Heaton
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Rose, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy