Jack Grealish handed England lifeline as UEFA plan major shake-up at Euro 2020

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Jack Grealish has been handed a shock England lifeline after UEFA announced a major shake-up of squad sizes for this summer’s Euro 2020. National team bosses are usually only allowed of squad size of 23 players for the European Championships.

The Aston Villa captain was believed to be battling Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

He was well on track to be selected for the tournament, having scored six goals and notched 12 assists in the Premier League.

But in February, the 25-year-old was hit by a shinbone injury which has ruled him out of Villa’s last 10 top-flight games.

In a further blow to his hopes of making Southgate’s squad, it is believed he will miss another two matches before he is fit to return.

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But Grealish has now seen his England hopes be given a major boost, with the Times reporting that squad sizes are expected to be increased to 26 for Euro 2020.

The newspaper claims that UEFA’s national teams committee recommended the expansion to ease the strain on players caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The recommendation was made yesterday after the national teams competitions committee held a meeting.

Such a move still needs to be ratified by UEFA’s executive committee, though their approval is expected to be a formality with many of its members advocating an increase in squad size.

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If the change is approved, the players on the fringe of Southgate’s squad, such as Grealish, now have an increased chance of being selected.

Though the England boss is believed to be seriously considering using one of his extra three places to pick a “wild card” player, such as Emile Smith Rowe, the calls for Grealish to be included will now increase.

The Villa player has been his side’s standout player as they have stabilised themselves in the Premier League and would bring something different to England.

He has been called up three times over the course of this season, making his debut for England last September and earning four more caps.

But after suffering his shin injury, it was thought he was going to be a prime candidate to be left at home by Southgate this summer.

But with three more places available, fans should now expect Grealish to be on the plane, though the England boss has previously revealed he wanted squads to remain at 23.

“Covid could play a part but there is a skill to picking 23 and it means you’ve got to make good decisions and important decisions,” Southgate has stated.

“Some of that can be lost as you get an extended group so let’s see how that develops but I’m not 100 per cent for that, I have to say.”
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