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England-EURO 2020 Team Profile

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England will be hoping to end 55 years of hurt at this summer's European Championships and they will be feeling confident of enjoying a deep run in the tournament.

All three of England's group matches will be played at Wembley, giving them home advantage, while the semi-finals and final will also be played at the national stadium.

Coach: Gareth Southgate
Number of European Championship Appearances: Nine
Best European Championship Performance: Third: 1968 and 1996
Number of European Championship Titles: 0
Qualifying Form: Winners of Group A with a record of 7-0-1
Major Trophies: 1
Most Capped (current) Player: Raheem Sterling (61)
Key Player at Euro 2020: Harry Kane

Lead-up to the Tournament:
England enjoyed a relatively comfortable qualifying campaign for Euro 2020, winning seven and losing just one of their eight matches, but things didn't go to plan in the Nations League.

The Three Lions, who finished third in the inaugural 2018-19 Nations League, finished third in Group A2 after losing two and drawing one of their six games.

However, Southgate's men are on a five-game winning streak, keeping four clean sheets during that run, and they will be looking for a sixth straight triumph in Sunday's friendly against Romania.

England's preparations haven't totally gone to plan and Trent Alexander-Arnold was ruled out of Euro 2020 after suffering a thigh injury in the win over Austria, while there are still concerns over the fitness of Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

Southgate is still to name his 26th and final player, something he will do after the last warm-up game, with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Ollie Watkins and James Ward-Prowse vying for the position.

The Squad:
Maguire's injury is the biggest worry for England, who are short of options at the heart of defence, and his potential absence would likely mean one of Tyrone Mings or Conor Coady will partner John Stones at the back.

While the Three Lions are not exactly blessed with strength in depth in defence, they are bursting with talent higher up the pitch and will be spearheaded by Harry Kane, who was the top-scorer in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying with 12 goals.

Manchester City's Phil Foden is one of the brightest English prospects around, playing a key role in his club's Premier League-winning season, while Aston Villa's Jack Grealish could light up the tournament if given the opportunity.

Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin add further strength to the attacking department, giving Southgate plenty of options in the final third.

The lack of midfielders in the squad may be of concern, with Henderson and Kalvin Phillips both injury doubts, but West Ham's Declan Rice is improving with every game and is more than capable of holding down the centre-midfield position.

Fixtures:
13th June - Croatia, Wembley Stadium, London
18th June - Scotland, Wembley Stadium, London
22nd June - Czech Republic, Wembley Stadium, London

England's 25-man squad (26th TBC):
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton).

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham).

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City).

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