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Euro 2020: Saka Makes England’s Final 26-Man Squad 

Euro 2020: Saka Makes England’s Final 26-Man Squad 

Arsenal’s youngster Bukayo Saka has been named England’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020 which will commence this month.

The final squad which was announced on Tuesday, was proned down to 26 from an initial 33-man provisional list.

This will be Saka’s first appearance for the Three Lions since making his debut in 2020 with four appearances under his belt.

However, Jesse Lingard is among the seven players cut from the provisional 33-man party, with Southgate overlooking the Manchester United forward despite his fine form on loan at West Ham in the second half of the Premier League season.

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Manchester United teammate Mason Greenwood is out through injury, while Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins has been overlooked for selection.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, Everton centre-back Ben Godfrey, Brighton defender Ben White and Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse are the other players omitted.

The Three Lions are among the favourites to win the tournament, which kicks off on June 11 and is being played across 11 countries, along with Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

England are playing all three Group D matches, against Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic at Wembley.

The 26-man England squad:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice.

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling.

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  • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

    5 midfielders in a 26 man squad. The other day, it was Deschamps’ turn to also name just 5 midfielders in his squad too…but let Rohr name 5 midfielders in his 23 man squad and the heavens will be pulled down by CSN technical study group of video game

    • Tancosports 1 week ago

      Lol, technical study group of video games indeed. Bros I don laugh tire for here.

    • OmoEsan 1 week ago

      Dr Drey don finish me with laughter here oo!

      Technical study group indeed.

    • JimmyBall 1 week ago

      Wingers named in the squad can also be listed strikers or midfielders… You and I know that Wingers are referred to either are wide midfielders or left/right midfielders. The traditional midfield positions are just DM, AM in the old days and now DM, AM and CM. It’s all nomenclature…

    • JimmyBall 1 week ago

      … That we may educate ourselves more on playing systems.


    • MuYiwa 1 week ago

      Besides, a certain Henderson has been included despite having not played for Liverpool for months and Maguire despite being injured. Talk of importance of experience and team bond, yet people did not shout. Let Rohr pick Musa and you will hear Naija fans’ noise.

    • Hilary Eledu 1 week ago

      Do not be deceived. The players that are classified as midfielder these days are strictly defensive and centralmidfielders. Attacking midfielders and wingers are noe classified under attackers.

      When you look at Nigerian team, you will see Iwobi, Moses Simon, Chukwueze, etc classified as attacker.s. These are not strictly strickers in the shape of Victor Osimhen or Kelechi Iheanacho but attacking midfielders.

    • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

      @Tancosports @OmoEsan….hahahaha….yes o. Technical study group wey dey always sabi pass professional coach of close to 3 decades….LMAO.

      @jimmy….na today your day break….LMAO. So you and you group of cynics know these all this while, yet disturb our ears with your laughable cynicism…LMAO. “…Rohr is a defensive coach, he’s naming 10 defenders….he’s naming just 5 midfielders….yen yen yen yen yen…”

      Does Rohr too not list as much as 4-6 wingers in his squad lists, yet you guys still come crying about having just 5 names on the midfielders list…?! LMAO. Are is own wingers too not referable to as “wide midfielders or left/right midfielders”..?

      You and your group should have read the links you are just posting now long time ago before just creating much ado about standard global practices….LMAO.

      Southgate has just named 10 defenders also…pls kindly label him a defensive coach too…..LMAO.

      @Muyiwa…dont mind them. Henderson bribed his way into the team. He is blocking the chance for younger players….LMAO

      • JimmyBall 1 week ago

        I like Rohr for his humility and for his love for Nigeria football. But folks like me like to criticize him constructively… Coach Rohr has done great. Without me and my study group like @Larry,@Kenneth,@Deo,@Prof Tamuno [email protected](Chief player Scout, @Proudly9ja(Chief Strategist, @Collins id… PETER OLAYINKA would not have been there… Goal demon Paul Onuachu would have been caster away since… Lol. Nigerians have me and my study group to thank.One love…

      • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

        Hahahahaha…you have forgotten to add @owngoal, @chima and @destar…? LMAO….Technical study group of confused people…LMAO…..people wey dey always sabi pass coach. See the roll sef…LMAO…1 thing stands them all in common, people who hardly can ever provide facts or verification to their claims…LMAO…the famed Liars Utd….birds of same feathers truly flock together…LMAO. He even added @Deo, a jolly good fellow of impeccable and highly-intelligent and sensible character to the list just to court some validity…LMAO.

        Ndi video game analysts…LMAO…one moment…Rohr is rigid, he doesn’t give room for new players…another moment, Rohr doesn’t have a standing team, he’s always calling up new players all the time, we cant even name 15 SE players….LMAO.

        One moment…call this, call that, invite Alampasu, invite Ajayi, Call Fanendo Adi, call Jack, call Harry…the next moment, what is Rohr been building for 5 years, he keeps inviting new players….LMAO

        One moment Rohr is a defensive coach, he is naming just 5 midfielders and 10 defenders, where will creativity come from….the next moment wingers are also part of midfielders….LMAO.

        One moment Rohr is a dumb senile timid old fool who kills the morale of his players…..the next moment, I like Rohr for his humility and for his love for Nigeria football.

        One can go on and on…..so much for directionlessness, So much for confusio…sorry…”constructive” criticisms…..LMAO. Congratulations to y’all pls keep it up. You give us plenty of comic relief here…LMAO. Dont worry, you shall always continue to contradict yourselves…that is how God vindicates the just. LMAO. The just man’s enemies will always continue to look for where and how to chain him till they have ended up shackling themselves up in their own chains…LMAO. I just love the way you humbly admitted (even with links) today that wingers are also midfielders….LMAO

        You will tell us if you where the ones who told him to give Olayinka (or every other SE player) his/their debut when he did or if you were the ones that told him to take Onuachu to the AFCON or if you were the ones that drew up his selection policy for him…LMAO

        Thank God Rohr NEVER listens to any of the ridiculously laughable and baseless rants you call criticisms, otherwise we would have crashed and burnt long ago…LMAO

        • JimmyBall 1 week ago

          The fact that the technical study group have in its rank the likes of Dosu, Amenueke, Etim,Amokachi, Shorunmu, Finidi, Oparaku, Odini, West, Akpoborie, Aiyegbeni, Oliseh and Uncle Segun should tell all we know our onions… these are giants who have seen it all and conquered every… what you call bulwarks of the game… I greet you all!

          • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

            Hahahaha….pls remind us how many of your cast are coaches and how many of them are currently coaching….LMAO.
            You meant player agents and NFF jobbers who depend on NFF and weekly interviews from CSN for either relevance or livelihood…LMAO.
            People who Rohr’s continued presence has denied an avenue to sell market….LMAO. Failed coaches who want to teach Rohr how to do his job… LMAO. The most “successful” of your demigods got demoted from first team manager to academy director position the last time I checked….LMAO.

            Only in Nigeria people with near zero coaching profiles want to teach A coach of 30 consecitive years how to do his job….LMAO.

            Pls tell them to go and get busy like Seyi Olofinja and channel their energies and resources to being like him rather than trying to give what they don’t have. LMAO.

            Imagine people who have no jobs/work experience trying to teach someone close to retirement how to do his job….LMAOooo. Why won’t they be reachable for interviews every week….LMAO.
            The busy ones are busy facing their own jobs…LMAO.

  • Saka made that list because he had his breakthrough season close to the tournament proper and coupled with the fact that greenwood pulled out of the squad….If Angelo Ogboona who was the golden boy of Torino Juventus westam and Italian football can make just 13 caps in 10 years of international football then I would say saka will be a legend if he retires from international football with 20 caps to his name

    • Eldridge Cleaver 1 week ago

      Well said Brodaman. Saka made the England squad because of his form in club football at Arsenal. Enough said o….

  • Coachie 1 week ago

    Guys, just leggo of these folks. I think we should learn to respect their choices and let them be. None of us here can say for certain what choice we will make if we were in their shoes.
    Abeg, make we free these guys and wish them nothing but good luck

    • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 1 week ago

      Dont mind them.
      Saka’s ‘less than 10 caps’ for a team that will probably make it to the semi finals of the Euros and WC, trust me is better than Yobo’s 100 caps with only an AFCON Gold and WC second round to show for it

      Dele Alli has less than 50 caps but was a WC Semi finalist

      Dennis Aogo won the WC in Brazil and earned less than 20 caps with Germany

      Patrick Owomoyela won bronze in 2006 or 2010 WC, yet earned less than 10 caps

      Kyliam Mbappe was a WC winner with France…I hope we all know his father has Nigerian roots??

      Truth is players born in foreign countries will fancy their chances with their country of birth before considering Nigeria

      Pls let’s cut these boys some slack and savour the pleasure of the availability of those who chose to play for us

      Happy new month forumites!

      • Sean 1 week ago

        @ Prof. Patrick owomoyela didn’t go to any world Cup I beg.

        • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 1 week ago

          Thanks for your observation. Was a mistake on my part. He missed the cut having played in the Confederations Cup a year earlier…2005.

      • MaxMilan 1 week ago

        Dennis Aogo wasn’t a part of the squad that won in Brazil & Patrick Owomoyela never went to the world cup.
        Please, carry out a proper research before making misleading assumptions.

        • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 1 week ago

          You are the one who needs proper research before your BLANKET criticism.

          Whilst I have seen apologized for my goof on Patrick Owomoyela who played in the 2005 Confederations Cup, I would have expected your RESEARCH to point out that Dennis Aogo was a Bronze Medal winner @ 2010 rather than a WC winner in 2014.

          The fact in my submission still subsists; they were better off playing for those countries with their limited caps compared to those who won centuries of caps wearing our national colours, most of whom are still being owed bonuses and entitlements dating back to 1994!

  • Mr Hush 1 week ago

    @Prof. Tamuno Offiali

    In as much, as we should respect people’s choices, we don’t have to belittle our own just to prove a point that is arguable at best.

    How does Saka ’10’ caps for a ‘ predicted ‘ semi finalist affect Yobo’s 100 caps?!

    What makes the former more glorious?
    What makes the Euros semis more special than an Afcon title?! Wow!
    You should know, no matter the stage or atmosphere, no one remembers the losers. History is written by and for the winners.
    Besides, Yobo earned the caps, won the title, not just for his personal glory, but for the glory of over 200million people. That for me is more special. I am Nigerian after all.
    Not that anyone is debating. Yobo’s Afcon title anyday.

    It is quite understandable why these foreign born Nigerians would chose the country of their birth,and we should respect that; but we should give much more respect to those who chose to play for our great country,Nigeria. They are our own. They are our business.
    No matter how bad, Nigeria is ours. Nigeria goes beyond the geography. Nigeria is you and I. Our actions and utterances defines our name. Let England take their glory and let’s embrace ours. No matter how small, it is ours. We achieved it. All praise to the boys who chose Nigeria and gave us that glory. Like you said; we will savour the pleasure they give to us by playing for us.

    And, Mbappe’s father is Cameroonian and his mother Algerian.

    • glory 1 week ago

      WWWHHHHATTTT can I give to show my utmost respect @ Hush. You are indeed the special one, not Mourhino. When I see so called nigerians belittling us as a nation because of just an infinitesimal % that are the criminals in position of powers, my heart bleeds. God is Wise n as we all know, the gods are wise, so you n I, having a nigerian blood/root is divine and worthy of appreciation. A plant without a root is dead. I keep saying that the problem of Nigeria lies in every nigerian. When every individual Nigerian starts to thoroughly look inward to purge ourselves of all those wrong values as ” big manism” , greed, show off, etc inherited from over the year, the result will be a decent society.

    • pompei 1 week ago

      Well said, Mr. Hush.
      I was also taken aback by the attempt to elevate a Euros semis over an Afcon win!
      If we fail to appreciate and encourage our own, who will?
      Criticism is always welcome, but it must be constructive, never destructive.

    • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 1 week ago

      Did you deliberately keep quiet on my mention of WC Semi Finals so you can label me unpatriotic?? Smile

      At my age, experience, position and level, it will be criminal of me to rate a Euro higher than AFCON…my points are self explanatory

      My position on this matter has been severally espoused. Needless to say more

      Meanwhile, Mbappe has Nigerian roots which even Punch (one of Nigeria’s leading news outlets reported). He has a Yoruba name Adebam..something. His younger brother is Adeyemi. Its in the public domain just like his Cameroonian links too.

      • Mr Hush 1 week ago

        @Prof Tamuno Offiali

        Firstly, I never called you unpatriotic.
        I just kicked against undermining ours just to prove a point. There are different ways to state fact and Segway.

        Secondly, just because I didn’t mention the World cup semis, doesnt mean I deliberately ignored it. The point I raised covered it as well.

        Taken nothing from them,there are many average teams that have gotten to the world cup Semis ,it doesn’t equate to how good they really are as consistency demands. South Korea, Turkey,Bulgaria etc.

        Yes. On the scale of things, the English national team might be better the Super Eagles; but it would be ilogical to undermine Nigeria with a national team that hasn’t won any major trophy since 1966. Atleast, the Super Eagles has won something in this decade.
        I dare say, the reason most foreign born chose to play for their country of birth over the Eagles goes beyond football reasons; like it or not, Nigeria has a good footballing pedigree, our trophy cabinet is not empty.

        So in as much as we respect their preferences, we should respect our nation. We have done well and hopefully, we would keep doing well.
        It can only get better .

        And on Mbappe being of Nigerian ancestry, would do further reading.. but appreciate you bringing up the article on Punch about it…

        Much respect to @Glory
        And all hailings @Pompei