Bukayo Saka is a step closer to playing in a major international tournament after Gareth Southgate included him in England’s 33-man provisional squad for the upcoming European Championships.
The 19-year-old has featured four times for his country since making his debut against Wales last October but sat out three World Cup qualifiers in March due to injury. Interestingly, he’s been listed amongst the forwards having made his debut as a wing-back.
England will need to trim seven names from the squad before Turkey play Italy in the opening game of the tournament in Rome on 11 June.
The final will be a month later at Wembley which means an extended run by England will likely see Saka miss the start of Arsenal’s pre-season.
While there is lots of football taking place this summer, there won’t be too many Gunners involved. Leno, Xhaka and Tierney are the only other players pencilled in for the Euros, our two Gabriels will head to the Olympics with Brazil, Torreira will feature in the Copa America and Guendouzi, fitness permitting, should feature for France at the under-21 Euros.
England’s 33-man provisional squad
Keepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Ben Godfrey, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse
Attackers: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Greenwood, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins