England Names 33-Man Provisional Euro 2023 Squad

by S. Ateljevic  ·  May 31, 2021

England’s manager Gareth Southgate chose 33 names for his country’s provisional Euro 2020 Squad. The list includes four uncapped players: Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Sam Johnstone, and Aaron Ramsdale, while injured Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Tottenham’s Eric Dier are left out.

Most of the uncapped reinforcements will be going to England’s backline, with White and Godfrey being added in the hopes of boosting the team’s defensive capabilities and Sheffield’s Ramsdale giving Southgate a wider selection of goalkeepers.

Aside from Pope and Dier, notable names omitted from the list are Patrick Bamford from Leeds and Arsenal’s Rob Holding. Naturally, Arsenal fans aren’t happy about Holding being left out and feel that he should’ve been considered ahead of Godfrey and White.

On the other hand, Liverpool fans had cause for celebration. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was previously dropped from the squad in March, is back on Southgate’s list. He joins his Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson.

Kieran Trippier, Kyle  Walker, and Reece James are all on the squad. However, since they’re all right-backs, one of them probably won’t make the final cut.

The provisional team also includes a trio of youngsters: Dortmund’s 17-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham, Man United’s Mason Greenwood (19), and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (19).

There has been a lot of controversy and debate over who should be included in the England team, and that’s unlikely to change after the list was made public by Southgate. More drama is guaranteed on June 1 when Southgate trims the team down to 26 players before the competition gets underway.

England’s first match is against Croatia on June 13. The Three Lions face off against Scotland five days later and play the Czech Republic on June 22. The England squad also has a set of friendly matches against Austria and Romania before their first Euro fixture.

Betting apps will surely be on fire when Euro 2020 kicks off, as fans are aching for some international team action since the tournament was postponed due to COVID-19. English fans will also probably flock to betting sites, hoping to see their squad’s rotten football luck finally improve.