Will these England stars end 55 years of hurt? All 26 members of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad join their boss in posing under image of the Wembley arch for their official Euro 2020 portraits
- England’s European Championships campaign begins on Sunday when they face Croatia at Wembley
- Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are aiming to end 55 years of hurt and are one of the favourites to win the title
- Every player in England’s 26-man joined Southgate in posing for official European Championships portraits
- England will face Croatia this week before taking on Scotland on June 18 and Czech Republic four days later
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
England stars posed for their official Euro 2020 pictures with the summer tournament kicking off on Friday evening.
The Three Lions are one of the favourites to win the competition after Gareth Southgate assembled a 26-man squad filled with attacking intent and exciting young players this summer.
Among the players to pose for pictures, a list which included Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, defender Harry Maguire also posed despite question marks over his fitness for the opening game with Croatia on Sunday.
England stars, such as Harry Kane, posed for their official European Championships snaps as the tournament approaches
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire was also photographed despite concerns over the centre-back’s fitness
Gareth Southgate has some important selection dilemmas to sort out ahead of the opening match with Croatia on June 13
The centre-back, who played such an important role in England’s 2018 World Cup bid, picked up an injury in the final weeks of the Premier League season at Manchester United and is in a race against time to make the Wembley opener.
Maguire is undergoing an individual training regime in the gym and was the only player not to appear in the Three Lions’ training session on Wednesday.
There were additional injury concerns for midfielder Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson, but both came through unscathed in England’s final pre-tournament friendly against Romania on Sunday.
Ben White was the last player to be called up to the England squad after replacing the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has done enough to return from injury in time for this month’s European Championships
Kalvin Phillips also had injury worries after an injury with Leeds on the last day of the season but has also made it back in time
Jude Bellingham is the youngest player in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at just 17 years of age and could shine this month
Jordan Pickford has once again been handed the England number one jersey but faces competition for places in the nets
England’s newest recruit Ben White also posed for photographs in his England kit, after the Brighton defender was called up to the Three Lions squad last week to replaced the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Liverpool man was set to feature for England this summer but picked up a thigh problem in last week’s friendly with Austria, with White beating the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard and Ollie Watkins to a place in Southgate’s squad.
Captain Kane is looking to be one of the top goalscorers in this year’s competition after the 27-year-old won the World Cup Golden Boot Award three years ago.
Meanwhile, manager Southgate faces several difficult selection headaches ahead of the opening match with Croatia on Sunday.
Phil Foden sports not only a new Paul Gascogine-like haircut for the summer but also has Michael Owen’s 20 shirt from 1998
Marcus Rashford has enjoyed a positive season both on and off the pitch but his focus now turns to England tournament duty
Jadon Sancho ended the campaign strongly at Borussia Dortmund and could be in line to start in the first game versus Croatia
Jack Grealish is another player with an important squad number – the iconic number seven shirt worn by David Beckham
Kane is widely expected to lead the line up front but Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho are all competing for places in wide roles.
Grealish was handed the iconic number seven shirt by Southgate, previously worn by previous England heroes such as David Beckham, Bryan Robson and David Platt, while Rashford has enjoyed a good season both on and off the pitch.
Sancho ended the season strongly with Borussia Dortmund while Foden played a major role in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City winning the Premier League title this season.
Arsenal teenager Saka, meanwhile, did his chances of starting no harm by scoring the winner in the Austria warm-up.
Raheem Sterling won the Premier League with Manchester City and is looking to add a European Championships medal too
Mason Mount is another straight off the back of glory after winning the Champions League with Chelsea last month
Declan Rice is one of the very few names in the England squad with a guaranteed starting spot in Southgate’s first line-up
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka made the final 26-man squad and scored int the Three Lions’ first pre-tournament friendly with Austria
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed a strong season with Everton and will be Harry Kane’s striker back-up up front for England
Other selection headaches include in midfield, where 17-year-old Jude Bellingham could start ahead of the likes of Henderson and Phillips – alongside West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Mason Mount was not used in the pre-tournament friendlies by Southgate, mainly due to his role in Chelsea’s triumphant Champions League final victory last month, meaning he is a solid option too.
In defence, Maguire’s injury means that Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady and new boy White are vying for a place alongside John Stones at the back – while Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are all after the right-back spots.
Tyrone Mings is in line to start for England against Croatia on Sunday should Harry Maguire not return from fitness in time
Luke Shaw is one of two contenders at left-back for England after earning his spot back during a good season at Man Untied
Reece James is another promising young talent with the 21-year-old in the hunt for a right-back spot in Southgate’s line-up
James will have to compete with Kyle Walker, who won the Premier League and reached the Champions League final this term
Kieran Trippier is the final right-back option for Southgate after the defender won the Spanish title with Atletico Madrid
Luke Shaw and Ben Chillwell are competing at left-back, with Saka an option there as well, while Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone are the goalkeepers.
England will take on Croatia on June 13 before facing arch-rivals and neighbours Scotland on June 18, before concluding their group stage bid with a match against the Czech Republic on June 22 – all of them at Wembley.
Victory in all three matches will guarantee Southgate’s side a spot in the knockout rounds, which concludes with the July 11 final.
Ben Chilwell is another Chelsea star fresh off the back of their Champions League triumph looking to win more silverware
John Stones is another shoo-in for Southgate’s first starting line-up of the tournament against Croatia on June 13 at Wembley
Conor Coady is another defender who could benefit from Maguire’s absence and bring more leadership skills to the team
Sam Johnstone will provide solid competition for Jordan Pickford as one of England’s back-up goalkeeper options
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