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Reece James joins Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell in England squad for Euro 2020


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Following this weekend’s Champions League final victory, in which all three started, there’s been further good news for Chelsea’s England trio, with all three named to the final 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, and Reece James have all been included by head coach Gareth Southgate. James’ inclusion makes it no fewer than four (4!) right backs in the squad — Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Walker — though James is versatile enough to play center back in a three or even defensive midfielder. He’s done all that just recently for Chelsea, before putting in a tremendous performance in Saturday’s Champions League final, alongside both Mount and Chilwell, who combined to set up the game’s only goal for Kai Havertz.

Southgate cut six players from the provisional squad, Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins, with Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood also withdrawing through injury. Lingard’s exclusion is a bit of a surprise considering his fantastic form to end the season, but he misses out in favor of an injured Jordan Henderson. And it would’ve been cool to see Ollie Watkins in there as an option.

In any case, England’s 26-man squad, in full, for Euro 2020 is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Dean Henderson (Man Utd), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

DEFENDERS: John Stones (Man City), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Man City), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)

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

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

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