Sarina Wiegman has selected her Euro squad and there are four Arsenal players in it – Lotte Wubben-Moy, Leah Williamson, Beth Mead and Nikita Parris.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Team GB and Arsenal's Leah Williamson during the Team GB Tokyo 2020 Women s Football Team Announcement at the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday May 27, 2021. Copyright: Zac Goodwin
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Team GB and Arsenal’s Leah Williamson during the Team GB Tokyo 2020 Women s Football Team Announcement at the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday May 27, 2021. Copyright: Zac Goodwin

From the 28-woman provisional squad named in May, goalkeeper Sandy MacIver, defender Niamh Charles and Stephanie Houghton, midfielders Katie Zelem and Lucy Staniforth have missed out on final selection.

The main talking point for the media was the former captain being left out because the coaching staff consider that she is not ready. Fitness was also mentioned for Fran Kirby and Jill Scott, with both passed fit.

The squad split is three goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders and seven forwards.

This is quite unusual and shows the attacking intent from the England manager.

The defenders will have at least one player covering up for two positions or even three with Jess Carter having played everywhere in a back four. Rachel Daly, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood can cover two positions, too.

In midfield, the balance is bizarre. You have the starting double pivot Williamson-Walsh at 6. One number 8, who should be a regular sub in Jill Scott and three number 10s fighting for one spot: Fran Kirby, Georgia Stanway and Ella Toone.

Unless Wiegman decides to return to a 4-1-2-3 instead of the current 4-2-1-3, of course.

In attack, seven players for three places is a lot of options to mix and match different attacking profiles.

The players ranked sixth and seventh in the pecking order might not see much playing time during the tournament. That’s why dropping both Zelem and Staniforth is a calculated gamble.

At the same time, should both Williamson and Walsh end up out for one game due to injuries or suspension, Lotte Wubben-Moy can play as 6 as well as Lucy Bronze in 8, thanks to Phil Neville.

This is not a very controversial squad, with only one or two names in and out that could have gone the other way.

Full England squad list

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City).

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (unattached), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jill Scott (unattached), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal).

Forwards: Beth England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United), Ellen White (Manchester City).

England have three games to fine-tune their starting XI and make this home Euros a winning tournament.

They could win it but there are many other teams who can also be winners: Spain, Sweden, France, Germany and Denmark, for example.

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