Six Manchester United named in Southgate’s provisional England squad for the Euros
As revealed on the England national team’s Twitter handle, six Manchester United stars have been named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for the Euros.
The likes of Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford have all been included. The team will be narrowed down to 26 names before the competition kicks off on June 13.
The news will come as a boost to Harry Maguire, who is currently out injured. The United skipper is an automatic starter for England when fit. He is currently facing a race against time to be ready for Wednesday’s Europa League final.
Another player who made the cut is Lingard, who has been one of the best attackers in the league since January. Something considered unfathomable just a few months ago, the 28-year-old has done well to give himself a chance.
Given the current form, Lingard is in the squad on merit. It would not come as a surprise if he is chosen for the final squad to take part in the competition.
The selection of Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford comes as no surprise given the seasons they have had. While the former has experienced a resurgence of sorts, the latter is a mainstay for the Three Lions.
A second chance
Greenwood too has been in top form the last few weeks and deserves his spot. It is the first time since being sent home from Iceland that the youngster has been picked by Southgate. He recently overtook Wayne Rooney as the highest-scoring teenager for the club in the Premier League.
Southgate is in no hurry to announce his final squad and will make his final decision before June 1. With a number of injuries to key players including Jordan Henderson, Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips, Southgate’s decision is understandable.
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Having made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018, the Three Lions will be hoping to do better this time around. England were knocked out of the Euros in 2016 by minnows Iceland in the first knockout stage.
Hopefully, all six United players will make the final cut and help the Three Lions go one step further.