Gareth Southgate has a 26-man squad for Euro 2020 but can only pick 23 players in his match day squad leading to awkward selections throughout the journey to the final
Gareth Southgate has a thankless job before every game by having to trim three players from the match day squad.
But there is a very clear process in the England manager’s mind when he comes to choose and that is from which players have trained well in the build-up to each game.
It is a policy which has been made clear to the players and has served England well because it keeps the level of training high even among the players in the 26 man squad who have not had much of a look-in.
Brighton ’s Ben White has missed out the most, not making it four times, Ben Chilwell has also missed out four times but was not available for one of those games because he was self isolating.
Wolves captain Conor Coady has been a revelation in the squad, making the bench every time despite not playing a minute and yet is such a positive influence that he always gets the nod and is regularly name checked by Southgate.
Southgate has often told the three players missing out the day before but one player thought he was on the bench for one game… and yet still missed out.
UEFA will give the winners and losers 40 medals each after the final and then it is up to each country to give them out how they see fit with all 26 clearly set to be rewarded.
England fans allowed to first match after Euros
England fans are set to be allowed to travel to what could be Gareth Southgate’s first game after winning the Euros.
The Hungarian FA have confirmed that they expect the Puskas Arena to be open at full capacity as was the case in the Euros for up to 67,000 when England play their World Cup qualifier in Budapest on September 2.
If England do win their first major trophy in 55 years, around 6,000 fans could travel to Hungary for what would be one hell of a celebration.
Tickets for Sunday’s final going for astronomical prices
Tickets for the Euros final are already going for more than £4,000.
There is a huge demand on tickets despite the UEFA website often making tickets available again through returns or giving the option to fans who lost tickets during reduced capacities before they were put up to 60,000-plus again.
But it was very noticeable that Club Level was sparse in some areas at Wembley even for the Denmark game which was a huge occasion for England.
That is believed to be because of the price of tickets, several firms with corporate seats have not taken them up and also the number of overseas fans is markedly down.
Fans kicked out of Wembley during semi-final for abusing Pickford’s family
Stewards removed two fans from Wembley after they gave England keeper Jordan Pickford’s family stick during the semi final with Denmark.
They were near the family section in front of the press box and other fans complained about their behaviour which led to stewards warning them about insults and to tone down language before then instructing them to leave.
Families and friends of players have been very obvious at England games because they often wear shirts with names on the back and Kalvin Phillips gets remarkable backing from his. A small army turn up all with Phillips shirts and get behind him. It’s brilliant to watch.
Denmark stars reveal Italy allegiances for Euro 2020 final
Denmark trio Simon Kjær, Thomas Delaney and Kasper Schmeichel will not be backing England after being asked who they will support in the final.
Delaney and Schmeichel said they will not watch it, Kjær said Italy and Denmark fans were upset by England fans booing the national anthem. Schmeichel also said in the Danish press that he had told the referee that a laser was being shone at him even before the penalty.
Capello praises Sterling
Former England boss Fabio Capello has singled out Raheem Sterling for special praise in a tournament dominated by wide players.
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Capello, who is leader of UEFA’s technical observers’ group, described it as “the Euros of dribbling” as he cited the importance of wingers as a third of the 135 goals scored so far have come from crosses.
Capello said: ”For me this is the EURO – young players, one on one, trying to dribble. It’s not only the right-back and left-back, but also the wingers.
“[Raheem] Sterling made the difference always. In Italy, in this period, we’re lucky to have players like [Federico] Chiesa and [Leonardo] Spinazzola.”