Euro 2020 squads are set to be expanded from 23 to 26 players, giving Bukayo Saka’s chances of a call-up a boost this summer.
The Times report that UEFA’s national teams committee has recommended the expansion of Euro 2020 squads from 23 to 26 due to the pressures on players caused by the Covid pandemic.
The additional players allowed will also help guard against the consequences of an outbreak during the tournament. UEFA won’t want the tournament suspended midway through because certain teams don’t have the players to complete their fixtures.
This is obviously good news for Bukayo Saka. He made it into Southgate’s last three squads, but there were concerns over whether he’d drop out when the numbers were reduced for the main event.
These concerns were enhanced as Saka was unfit to accept his call-up over the March break. He’ll have to hope his four previous England caps and his form with Arsenal for the remainder of the season get him back into the squad this summer.
It’s still not going to be easy, as Southgate has a lot of options to choose from at the moment. But with the extra spots and a strong end to the campaign, you’d expect the 19-year-old to be involved.
Emile Smith Rowe is probably the next closest player from an Arsenal point of view, but he’d need to really impress over the next month to have a serious chance.