When do England name their squad for Euro 2024?

When do England name their squad for Euro 2024?

England take on Belgium tonight in their final match before Gareth Southgate names his initial squad for Euro 2024.

The Three Lions boss will be looking for a swift response from his depleted and injury-hit side after Saturday night’s 1-0 friendly loss to Brazil at Wembley in which they did not impress at either end of the pitch.

A late winner from Real Madrid-bound teenage sensation Endrick condemned England to their first home defeat since October 2020, and better will be expected on Tuesday although it’s another tough test in store against the team currently positioned just one spot below them in fourth in the latest Fifa world rankings.

Southgate has handed a number of players chances to impress against Belgium, including Kobbie Mainoo, Ezri Konsa, Lewis Dunk, Jarrod Bowen and Ivan Toney, with Declan Rice captaining the senior side for the first time on the occasion of his 50th cap.

It is the final chance for a number of England’s hopefuls to make their mark ahead of the summer squad for Germany being picked.

When do England name their Euro 2024 squad?

Southgate’s announcement of his preliminary squad will follow hot on the heels of the final day of the Premier League season, coming just 48 hours later on Tuesday, May 21.

England then face two final pre-Euros friendlies, meeting Bosnia and Herzegovina at Newcastle’s St James’ Park on June 3 and Euro 2016 conquerors Iceland in a Wembley send-off three days later.

Southgate will then have until the June 7 deadline to name his final squad. For this tournament final squad sizes have been reduced from 26 back down to 23, making selection even tougher than it was for both the delayed Euro 2020 which took place after the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which was played in the middle of the domestic season in Europe.

That means Southgate can take fewer gambles with his final picks, increasing the need for those on the fringes of the squad to make an impression against Belgium.

England are in Group C for Euro 2024 in Germany this summer, beginning their campaign against Serbia at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on June 16.

They then battle Denmark at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt on June 20, later moving onto Cologne’s RheinEnergieStadion to face Slovenia on June 25.